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Signs of planet forming around nascent star upends understanding of world creation timelines

Astronomers have, for the first time, detected signs of planet formation around a star that is itself still forming, upending current models about planet formation and even our own planet’s origins.

An international team of scientists led by Dominique Segura-Cox at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile to study a protostar, located 470 light-years away in a stellar nursery known as the Rho Ophiuchi region.

The burgeoning star, which is called IRS 63, is a class I star, or less than half-a-million years old. The researchers found suspicious gaps in the star’s disc which led them to believe that protoplanets may already be forming in the dust cloud all around it.

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