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This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the centre of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star. Credit: ESO/A. Müller et al.

Newborn planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc

Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany have caught a fabulous snapshot of planetary development around the youthful dwarf star...
SPHERE image of the dusty disc around IM Lupi

SPHERE reveals mind-blowing zoo of discs around young stars

The SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile allows astronomers to suppress the brilliant light of nearby stars in order to...