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Possible Baby Picture of a Giant Planet 32

Posted by samzenpus
from the planets-first-spin dept.
astroengine writes "Acquired by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), an infrared observation shows a portion of the disk of gas and dust around the star HD 100546, located 335 light-years away in the constellation Musca. By physically blocking out the light from the star itself by means of an opaque screen, the light from the protoplanetary disk around HD 100546 can be seen, revealing a large bright clump that's thought to be a planet in the process of formation (PDF). If it is indeed a baby planet, it's a big one — as large as, or perhaps even larger than, Jupiter."
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Possible Baby Picture of a Giant Planet

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  • Re:Aawwwww (Score:4, Interesting)

    by noh8rz10 (2716597) on Sunday March 03, 2013 @10:10PM (#43064623)
    what an amazing time to be alive... pictures of a planet forming hundreds of light years away... how long will it be until we find one that's just right, and start planning a trip with orion?
  • Nifty (Score:5, Interesting)

    by onyxruby (118189) <onyxruby@NOspam.comcast.net> on Sunday March 03, 2013 @10:31PM (#43064687)

    When I was a youth the idea that there were other planets in other solar systems was pure science fiction. Now we can an at least semi credible chance we we can actually directly see a planet in the making. At times like this I wish I was an astronomer instead for a living. I think this has got to be the golden age of astronomy that we are in now.

    Think about it, we are in the age when books written, with good intentions, by well respected figures from even twenty years ago are so far out of date that they should not be used anymore. We have learned so much in the last twenty years it makes me wonder if we will ever again see a period of time like this in the future.

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