Astronomers Witness the Birth of a Planet

Astronomers Witness the Birth of a Planet

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Above: Near infrared image of the PDS70 disk obtained with the SPHERE instrument. The young exoplanet PDS 70 b is clearly detected as a bright signal at the inner rim of the gap (dark region). The emission coming from central star was masked out. The bar to the lower right indicates the linear scale of the image at a distance of 370 light years.

Below: SPHERE image of the newborn planet PDS 70b  (European Southern Observatory)

Credits: Image: ESO/A. Müller, MPIA