According to the latest issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics magazine, a scientific research team from France’s PSL University used the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to capture planet birth photographed for first time.
According to reports, the planet being formed is located in the AB Aurigae star system 520 light-years away from the Earth. Gas and dust form a huge spiral structure around the star in the center. The closest distance to the star is equivalent to the distance from Pluto to the sun.
Project leader Antoni Boccaredi of the Paris Observatory said that astronomers have observed countless exoplanets, but they do not know how planets are formed. Only by observing young systems like the Auriga galaxy can we truly understand planets formation process.
Successfully photographing the giant spiral disk at the birth of a planet is a major breakthrough in planetary science.
It is reported that successfully photographing the huge spiral disk when the planet was born is a major breakthrough in planetary science.
In 2018, astronomers used the same telescope to observe an infant planet that was approximately 5.4 million years old.
Astronomers say the giant spiral structure is formed by the planet trying to “kick out” gas during its formation, similar to the ripples caused by a ship cutting through the waves on a lake. As planets orbit their stars, gas and dust form twisted spirals.
Scientists say that previous planet formation theories have predicted this spiral structure, with one spiral facing the inside of the planet’s orbit and one facing outside. The two spirals will cause gas and dust to accumulate on the planet, making the planet continue to grow.