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Birth of a planet caught on camera

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    This is interesting to see. I really wouldn't know what I was looking at if the article didn't explain it to me though. It surprises me that it's so close.
     
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    Old news... like 10 million years old.


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    IIRC, Beta Pictoris, which is also a young star system undergoing planetary formation is much closer, something like ~65 ly and only a few million years old.

    http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso0842/

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    Birth of a planet....correct me if am wrong, but doesn't it take like a few million years for a planet to form ??? they make it look like it happened in a matter of seconds.
     
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    A new picture of a Jupiter-like world swaddled in gas and dust is a direct image of what may be the youngest planet yet seen, astronomers report.

    The newborn gas giant, dubbed LkCa 15b, orbits a sunlike star 450 light-years away in the northern constellation Taurus. (Related: "'First' Picture of Planet Orbiting Sunlike Star Confirmed.")

    The planet orbits inside a disk of material around the star that's no more than two million years old. By contrast, astronomers estimate our solar system is 4.6 billion years old.
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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/111021-youngest-planet-picture-gas-giant-kraus-space-science/?source=link_fb20111022news-youngestplanet
     

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