(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) 2018-7-02"/> July 02, 2018 It is official. For the very first time ever, astronomers have managed to capture the image of a planet 'being born' in our galaxy as it moves through a vast ocean of planet-forming dust and gas around its sun, an orange dwarf almost 370 light-years away from Earth.
Two studies on PDS70 star and its planetary companion were published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics last week.
Scientists believe that when stars are newly formed, they are orbited by a swirling disc of dust, rocks and gas. Planet formation is thought to occur when these particles collide with each other and gradually grow stronger gravitationally. The material thus collected from the orbital path eventually forms a planet.
You can watch a YouTube video by ESO on the discovery by clicking here