Astronomers Have Been Able to Observe How a Planet is Born

Astronomers Have Been Able to Observe How a Planet is Born

Astronomers observed how a planet is born for the first time, the Associated Press reported. The planet is called LkCa 15 b (named after the star around which it is formed) and is the youngest one ever studied by astronomers. It is formed by dust and gas circulating around a star of two million years and is nearly 450 light-years from Earth. Based on scientific models, scientists suggest that the planet has begun to form 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. The winner of the previous record is about five times older. The discovery was made by Hawaiian astronomer Adam Kraus....