Detailed Planet Formation Image Lets ALMA Telescope Show Off
ALMA, the world's most powerful telescope, produced a one-of-a-kind image of a system giving birth to planets.By Steven Sparkman | November 6, 2014
One of the most powerful telescopes in the world is showing off. Scientists at the ALMA telescope in Chile released a new image that has astronomers raving.
What you're looking at isn't an artist's impression, it's an actual image taken of what appears to be planets forming in the disk around a baby star.
Planets form from the dust cloud that's left over after a star forms. The dust slowly begins to clump together into bigger and bigger chunks, eventually forming planets. It's a lot like how Saturn's rings keep churning out new moons. (Video via NASA)