Astronomers Capture First Image Of The Birth Of A Planet

Posted: Jul 4 2018, 9:27am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 4 2018, 9:30am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Astronomers Capture First Image of the Birth of a Planet
This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the center of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star. Image Credit: ESO/A. Müller, MPIA
  • First confirmed image of newborn planet caught with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT)

Baby Planet Picture captured by Powerful Telescope

Astronomers with a little help from a group of researchers coming from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, have snapped a baby planet picture by means of a powerful telescope. This newly emerging world is undergoing formation in the region surrounding a youthful dwarf star PDS70.

The VLT (Very Large Telescope) happens to be an extremely fine instrument for viewing distant objects. Even the intensity of the light of this planet was measured by the astronomers. Many qualities of the atmosphere will be deducted from the measurement of the wavelengths of the planet as well.

The planet can be clearly seen in the picture alongside a black central gap. It appears to be a blob of sorts. Located three billion kilometers away from the host star, this distance is the same as is existent between Uranus and our sun.

PDS 70b is a giant planet that possesses a mass that is much greater than Jupiter which is the largest planet of our solar system.

This baby planet picture shows a surface that was calculated as having a temperature of 1000 degrees Celsius. Thus it is hotter than any planet in our own solar system.

A dark round space is visible at the center of the picture. This is due to what is called a coronagraph. It is actually a blockade that hides the light coming forth from the main star. Thanks to this blockade, the planet can be seen.

Without it, there would have been too much light for the planet to have been visible before the VLT. It is an object lesson in the birth of planets. Further research is being conducted on this baby planet.

Already the results are proving to be very exciting. The baby planet picture shows the dust surrounding it as captured by the astronomers.

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