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Scientists Spot Signs Of An Alien Planet For The Very First Time

Source: Reuters.

Astronomers have seen a large young planet that is yet in the process of making.  The huge alien planet-like object is forming around a star called AB Aurigae. The huge disk of dense gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star, a planet in the making, has been seen for the very first time.

Thie young planet around is about 2.4 times the mass of the sun and located in our Milky Way galaxy 520 light-years from Earth, Reuters quoted researchers as saying. The scientists used the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile to spot a spiral structure within the swirling disk around AB Aurigae generated by the presence of a planet. They detected a “twist” pattern of gas and dust in the spiral structure marking where the planet was coalescing.

More than 4,000 planets have been discovered orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Scientists are eager to learn more about how they are born as cold gas and dust consolidate orbiting the stars.
A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).

The large planet is located about 30 times further from its star than Earth’s distance from the sun – about the distance of the planet Neptune in our solar system, Anthony Boccaletti said.  Anthony Boccaletti leads the research published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

“It takes several million years for a planet to be in its final stage, so birth is not well defined in time. However, we can say that we were likely able to catch a planet in the process of formation,”  he added. The new planet appears to be non-terrestrial and may be more massive than our solar system’s largest planet Jupiter.

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