Creation of a planet witnessed for the first time over a period of 5 years

Astronomers observe up to three newborn planets evolving from a disk of gas and dust particles circling a distant Sun-like star.

 

While 1,900 planets have been discovered outside our solar system, these are the first to be seen that are still forming. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, has provided scientists with direct evidence of how gas and dust particles coalesce to create planets.

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