planet formation

Spiral-shaped Planetary Disks Should Be More Common. Giant Planets Might Be Disrupting Their Formation

Planetary system formation is a process that involves astounding and complex forces.  Humans have only just started trying to understand…

2 months ago

Huge Stars Can Destroy Nearby Planetary Disks

Westerlund 2 is a star cluster about 20,000 light years away. It's young—only about one or two million years old—and…

8 months ago

This is an Actual Image of a Planet-Forming Disc in a Distant Star System

In 2017, astronomers used ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array) to look at the star AB Aurigae. It's a type of…

8 months ago

Astronomers Are Sure These Are Two Newborn Planets Orbiting a Distant Star

Planet formation is a notoriously difficult thing to observe. Nascent planets are ensconced inside dusty wombs that resist our best…

8 months ago

There Could be Planets Orbiting Around Supermassive Black Holes

A team of scientists from Japan have theorized that planetary systems could form around Supermassive Black Holes.

1 year ago

A Red Dwarf Star Has a Jupiter-Like Planet. So Massive it Shouldn’t Exist, and Yet, There It Is

Thanks to the Kepler mission and other efforts to find exoplanets, we've learned a lot about the exoplanet population. We…

1 year ago

Hubble Sees a Huge Dust Cloud Around a Newly Forming Star

The Hubble has detected a massive dust cloud 150 billion miles across around the young star HR 4796A.

3 years ago

A Planet With A 27,000 Year Orbit & That’s Just Where The Strangeness Begins

In the far-flung system of CVSO 30, two planetary candidates have been found with very different orbits - presenting new…

5 years ago

A Star With A Disk Of Water Ice? Meet HD 100546

Water ice in a disk surrounding a star might seem out of place, but the ice might be essential to…

5 years ago

VLA Shows Early Stages Of Planet Formation In Unprecedented Detail

Astronomers have captured the earliest image yet of the formation of planets around a young star.

5 years ago