Images of Planet in Process of Forming Around Its Star

With the help Hawaii’s Keck Observatory astronomers could capture the first direct images of a planet in the process of forming around its star. The newly born object, which astronomers are calling LkCa 15 b, appears to be a hot “protoplanet” that is sucking up a surrounding swath of cooler dust and gas. The new images reveal that the alien planet sits in a wide gap between its host star and an outer disk of dust.

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