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Newborn planet PDS 70b, SPHERE image

Newborn planet PDS 70b, SPHERE image

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Newborn planet PDS 70b, SPHERE image. This is the first clear image taken of a planet forming. The planet is the bright point to the right of the centre of the image. The central star, the dwarf star PDS 70, has been blacked out by coronagraph mask. The planet is roughly three billion kilometres from its star, about the same distance as Uranus is from our Sun. PDS 70b is a gas giant, with a mass a few times that of Jupiter. PDS 70 is in the constellation Centaurus. Image obtained by the SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch) instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope.

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