Astronomers discover the youngest planet in our galaxy
A team of researchers from NASA, together with colleagues from the European Space Agency, made a remarkable discovery. They managed to find the youngest planet in our galaxy. By cosmic standards, it is incredibly young and just beginning to develop. Scientists not without reason believe that its close study will help find answers to important questions about the formation of our own Earth. In fact, this is a chance to look into the past, and it will be used to its full potential.
Preliminary estimates put the planet’s age at 1.5 million years. By comparison, the age of the Earth is estimated at 4 billion years. The powerful Atacama Large Millimeter telescope, located in Chile, is used to obtain the information needed for analysis. The equipment has enough sensitivity to pick up radio waves emanating from this region of the universe. There is no doubt that this world is just beginning to take shape.
This can also be seen from the fact that the star AS 209, the parent star of the discovered exoplanet, is enveloped in a dense cloud of gas and dust. Such conditions are ideal for the formation of objects of the future star system. In addition, the comparative “youth” of the luminary indicates the activity of its hydrogen burning.
However, until the disclosure of the secrets of the universe is still far away. Currently, scientists have more questions than answers. Cosmologists have already noticed such an oddity, as a significant distance of the baby planet from its sun.