January 22, 2014

ALMA Makes A Starry Cosmic Discovery

A team of Japanese astronomers from Osaka University has located evidence of a giant planetary system forming around a young star named HD142527. This discovery could totally change what we think we know about how planets form. The find was made using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, or ALMA, telescope and the system is found in the constellation Lupus. The astronomers say that the star is encircled by an asymmetric ring of cosmic dust—the component material of planets. They say their measurements of the density of the dust in the ring suggest that planets are now being formed in the region. They went on to say that “this is the first firm evidence of planet formation found so far from the central star in a protoplanetary disk.”

[ Read the Article: ALMA Telescope Used To Find Giant Planetary System Forming Around Young Star ]

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