ESOcast 169 Light: First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet (4K UHD)

Astronomers using the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope captured the first clear image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star. The young planet is carving a path through the primordial disc of gas and dust around the very young star PDS 70. The data suggest that the planet’s atmosphere is cloudy.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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ESO

Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Calum Turner and Mariya Lyubenova.
Music: Tim Turusov (www.turusov.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, UHD Team, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org), DSS, L. Calçada, spaceengine.org and M. Kornmesser.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1821a
Release date:2 July 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1821
Duration:01 m 23 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:PDS 70
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:ESOcast
Exoplanets

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