The Infared Shot Taken of a Possible Planet in the Making
Two teams of astronomers have finally managed to image clumps of “space dust” that could very well be planets forming. for the first time imaged dusty clumps that could be planets in the making. The dust spheres are common around new stars and can possibly create new planets. The image, however, is very poor, and it is uncertain if the faint outlines seen in the photo truly belong to planets. The scientists cautiosly added that the image may be of large brown dwarvs, or very dense stars.
The scientists used a U.S. Air Force telescope in Maui Hawaiito study the discovery, which was located around 460 light-years from earth. The image shows a small space inside the infared disc. This is believed to be a tiny point of light where gas and dust has begun to form a small, but tangible body, which already has a mass between 14 times that of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. It is located at a distance comparable to Neptune to our Sun, from its sun (That’s a insanely distorted sentace, so the actual distance is 4.55 billion kilometers, for your information.) The fact that it orbits the star and has such a large mass is what constitutes it as a planet.
Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Washington D.C. says the new discovery is”exciting, promising, and dubious. The safest course of action right now is to call both of this clump a candidate protoplanet or candidate brown dwarf.”