Planet Being Assembled As Astronomers Watch | Video

The Large Binocular Telescope and Magellan Adaptive Optics System are giving astronomers a ring-side seat to watch a ring of material form into planets around a young star. Very hot hydrogen-alpha emissions, in excess of 17,000° F, was detected and tracked, a sign of a newly accreting planet. (Full Story)

credit : Andrew Shuta (University of Arizona), Laird Close (University of Arizona), NASA/JPL-Caltech image, Andrea Isella (Rice), all other LkCa 15 images from the LBT and Magellan telescope
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