Solar System Baby Pic – Awwwwwwwww
If it were possible to have a baby picture of our own solar system, chances are it would look very much like this. What you are seeing here is the gaps in the disk around a star created by actual planets forming. It’s truly stunning. Often, it can be hard to fathom objects in space, such as large galaxies or nebulae. Here, though, we can see a planetary system not too dissimilar to our own taking shape.
At the center of this image is the star TW Hydrae, a similar star to our Sun located about 175 light-years from Earth. It is just 10 million years old, so it hasn’t yet formed a fully-fledged solar system like ours. Instead, we are seeing the process of planet formation, and thanks to the star being face-on in relation to us, we get a great view of the process in action as protoplanets sweep out gaps in the surrounding dust and gas.
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