This one image alone will revolutionise theories of planet formation
I keep reading this kind of phrase yet the theories are still being clung to. The theories have been so wrong for so long maybe time to screw the paper up, chuck it in the bin and start again? We learn from mistakes, not clinging religiously to them.
Exceptionally detailed image of a young star 450 light years away reveals detail of proto-planetary disc with gaps. :
This image compares the size of the Solar System with HL Tauri and its surrounding protoplanetary disc. Although the star is much smaller than the Sun, the disc around HL Tauri stretches out to almost three times as far from the star as Neptune is from the Sun.
HL Tauri — a young star, about 450 light-years away, which is surrounded by a dusty disc . The resulting image exceeds all expectations and reveals unexpectedly fine detail in the disc of material left over from star birth. It shows a series of concentric bright rings, separated by gaps .
“These features are almost certainly the result of young planet-like bodies that are being formed in the disc. This is surprising since such young stars are not expected to have…
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