UNITED STATES.- The Hubble Space Telescope of the POT captured an incredible image of the formation of a exoplanet. This amazing find has started to generate a lot of excitement in the astronomical community and it is not for less. In addition, it was detailed that this celestial body has the size of Jupiter and it feeds on the debris surrounding an extremely young star.
In this sense, it is worth noting that so far only 15 of the approximately 4 thousand discovered exoplanets have been photographed. These are so far away and are usually so small that they can only be seen as small dots in some images. “We just don’t know much about how giant planets grow,” said Brendan Bowler of the University of Texas at Austin.
But thanks to Hubble Space Telescope the astronomical community was able to capture the giant exoplanet “PDS 70”. It orbits the orange dwarf star “PDS 70b”. In this regard, the statement noted that “it is already known that it has two planets in active formation within a huge disk of dust and gas that surrounds the star.” In addition, it was specified that the system is located 370 light years from Earth, right in the constellation of the Centaur.
On the other hand, it was also reported that “PDS 70b” is estimated to be five million years old. Meanwhile, it was also detailed that the ultraviolet (UV) light from Hubble gives the possibility of unique vision of radiation from the gas. This helped to see that the planet is gaining mass. “This system is very exciting because we can witness the formation of a planet,” said Yifan Zhou. And he added: “This is the youngest planet that Hubble has directly visualized.”
Furthermore, observations with the Hubble have shown that the exoplanet has accumulated five times the mass of Jupiter. It is believed that the magnetic field lines could funnel the material from the discs towards their surface, achieving hot spots. “These hot spots could be at least 10 times hotter than the planet’s temperature,” Zhou revealed.