Astronomers Had Never Witnessed A Planet's Birth ... Until Now
Astronomers used thermal imaging to witness a planet's creation for the first time ever. The study found up to three gas giants 450 light-years away.By Grant Suneson | November 18, 2015
For the first time in the history of the universe, astronomers have seen a planet being born, according to a study in Nature.
Researchers from the University of Arizona have tracked down an estimated three planets near a star called LkCa 15 about 450 light-years away from Earth. All three are thought to be gas giants similar to Jupiter.
Astronomers have found about 1,900 planets beyond our solar system, but this is the first time anyone's actually seen one in the middle of formation.