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A disc of dust and gas found around a newborn planet could be the birthplace of moons

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It blows the mind to think we might see other planets and even moons in the process of formation, using the biggest telescope in the world. It’s just another reminder of how small and insignificant we really are.

NEW PLANET FORMING. The bright spot in the center of the image is a new planet forming. Valentin Christiaens et al./ ESO, Author provided

Scientists discover strange planet with 3 stars

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The planet named HD 131399Ab is located about 340 light years from Earth and is believed to be about 16 million years old

epa05413486 An undated handout artist's impression made avaiable by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 07 July 2016 showing view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets. EPA/L. Calcada / ESO / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESO/L. Calcada HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

NASA: 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope

May 11, 2016 - 4:35 PM

Of the 1 284 nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth based on their size

epa05298540 A handout image provided by NASA on 10 May 2016 shows an artist's concept depicting planetary discoveries made by NASA's Kepler space telescope. According to NASA, the Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets ? the single largest finding of planets to date. 'This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,' said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. 'This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.' EPA/W. STENZEL / NASA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY