'Revolutionary' New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

November 6, 2014 5:20 PM

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Welcome to HL Tauri — a star system that is just being born and the target of one of the most mind-blowing astronomical observations ever made.

Observed by the powerful Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, this is the most detailed view of the proto-planetary disk surrounding a young star 450 light-years away. And those concentric rings cutting through the glowing gas and dust? Those, my friends, are tracks etched o...

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