Astronomers spy possible baby planet in stellar womb

Mar 3, 2013 Full story: The Daily Star

An image from the NACO system on ESO's Very Large Telescope shows a candidate protoplanet in the disc of gas and dust around the young star HD100546 in this picture released on March 2, 2013.

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#1 Mar 4, 2013
Nice article.

The bit missing is the mass of the parent star.

One other item which would be good in comparison/contrasts would be a log distance plot of the planets from the central star and a note on the planet mass.

Do this with the solar system and all the planets line up spaced out like pearls on a string. Apparently this alignment with tidal resonances is not an accident, & is a relic of the formation of the solar system.

This same effect may show up with other exoplanetary systems. Those found & plotted so far however appear in large part to show a much wider spacing than that of the solar system, and the planets in the system also appear to have a much larger difference in mass. The solar system by comparison appears to have a double gas giant system with Saturn @ 0.3 Jupiter masses being much bigger & closer than the average seen so far,(with a 1 and 0.07 mass being more typical; with as a result of mass similarities between Jupiter and Saturn, the tidal resonances doubled in the same space, with more planets in the system as a result.

Have a nice day: Ag

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