IT IS being hailed as a major breakthrough, a world-first and proof of a long-held theory.
Scientists in Australia and the US have captured the first-ever images of a planet in the making — and they’re a little excited.
None of the nearly 1900 planets previously discovered and confirmed outside our Solar System (called exoplanets) are in the process of formation.
Using the most sophisticated and largest telescopes in the world, the teams were able to observe the process by which a planet forms and grows.
The telltale signs, according to the research findings published in the journal Naturetoday, were the accumulation of dust and gas particles on the said star known as LkCa 15.
This new planet is located 450 light years away from Earth.
According to University of Sydney Professor Peter Tuthill, who was part of the Australian contingent, said the images provided unambiguous evidence.
“This is the first time we’ve imaged a planet that is definitely still in the process of forming,” he said. “The difficulty had been that when you have indirect evidence, there are always alternate explanations that might fit the data.”
This sort of thing really gets my thoughts singing with a nice, big grin. Always has, like a lot of folks. Never fails, wherever they go.
This kind of achievement represents a glimpse of what we are capable of. Nice one, too.
it brings up the most delicious anticipation of what else we will find.
We need to get out there and explore. After all, it’s what we do. And I mean people along with all the droids. Cool though they may be.
And remember, the further out you go, the weirder it gets.