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ESO Telescope Sees Signs of Planet Birth

20 May 2020, 12:00 UTC
ESO 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. 

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