Caught on camera! Birth of a planet captured for the first time

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For the first time in the history of science, researchers have managed to capture images of a planet in the process of its formation around a young dwarf star.

Camera that captured the birth of the planet

Using the SPHERE instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), one of the most powerful planetary hunting instruments, astronomers led by a team from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany made the first robust detection of the young planet, called PDS. 70b.

The SPHERE instrument also allowed the team to measure the brightness of the planet at different wavelengths, which allowed us to deduce the properties of its atmosphere.