Very Large Telescope sees signs of planet birth
Observations made with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) have revealed the telltale signs of a star system being born.
Around the young star AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of dust and gas in which astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a ‘twist’ that marks the site where a planet may be forming. The observed feature could be the first direct evidence of a baby planet coming into existence.
“Thousands of exoplanets have been identified so far, but little is known about how they form,” says Anthony Boccaletti who led the