With new telescope technology, we are discovering more and more planets in other star systems. It’s hard to find inner planets because they are so close to their stars that they are blocked by their star’s powerful light. But by using mirrors to block the star’s light, astronomers have discovered the youngest planet ever–in fact, it may more correctly be called a planetesimal. It’s still surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas, from which it’s still being formed!
The theory of how planets form as long been understood, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in action.
If you’re not an astronomer, you probably can’t understand the image they saw, so an artist has helpfully drawn his interpretation of the system.
The telescope photographs:
The artist’s rendition:
Read the article at the Daily Mail.