Best-Ever View of Alien Planet Birth Caught by Giant Radio Telescope


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A huge radio telescope in Chile has captured the best-ever image of planets forming around a distant star, researchers say.
The spectacular view of planet birth, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, shows numerous concentric rings in the disk of…

A huge radio telescope in Chile has captured the best-ever image of planets forming around a distant star, researchers say.

The spectacular view of planet birth, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, shows numerous concentric rings in the disk of dust and gas surrounding HL Tau, a sunlike star found about 450 light-years away from Earth.

“These features are almost certainly the result of young planetlike bodies that are being formed in the disk,” ALMA deputy director Stuartt Corder said in a statement. “This is surprising, since HL Tau is no more than a million years old and such young stars are not expected to have large planetary bodies capable of producing the structures we see in this image.”

The stunning detail and clarity of the new ALMA radio telescope image surprised scientists.

“The first time I saw this image, I thought it was actually probably a simulation. It was just way too good,” Tony Beasley, director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a new video about the planet-formation image. (The NRAO manages ALMA operations on behalf of North American astronomers.)

The new image is the sharpest ever captured by ALMA, researchers said. In fact, it’s sharper than most photos taken in visible light by NASA’s famous Hubble Space Telescope, they added.

HL Tau is veiled by dust and gas, making the star tough to observe in visible light. But ALMA was able to pierce this veil, because the telescope is optimized to view the universe in much longer wavelengths, which fall between the radio and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

“This is truly one of the most remarkable images ever seen at these wavelengths,” said NRAO astronomer Crystal Brogan. “The level of detail is so exquisite that it’s even more impressive than many optical images. The fact that we can see planets being born will help us understand not only how planets form around other stars, but also the origin of our own solar system.”

ALMA’s design calls for 66 individual radio telescopes to work together as a single instrument. These dishes can be moved around the site using giant, 28-wheeled transporters.

ALMA obtained the new planet-formation picture with its antennas spaced up to 9 miles (15 kilometers) apart, researchers said. This “baseline” enables a resolution of 35 milliarcseconds — the equivalent of being able to spot a penny from 68 miles (110 km) away, they added.

“Such a resolution can only be achieved with the long baseline capabilities of ALMA, and provides astronomers with new information that is impossible to collect with any other facility, including the best optical observatories,” said ALMA Director Pierre Cox.

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