“Blinding me with Science”
Image Credit & Copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).
Here’s what will likely go down as one of the most if not THE most amazing image of 2014. What you’re looking at here is an actual image of a star system being formed before our eyes. The star cataloged as HL Tau is estimated to be about one million years of age resides about 450 light years distant in the constellation Taurus the Bull.
This proto-planetary or pre-planetary disk is literally showing us the ring of material around a young star that the star itself didn’t accrete during formation. The black or dark rings around the structure are locations where newly formed planets have likely cleared their path of travel just like the gaps in Saturn’s rings in the wildly beautiful Cassini images that we’ve seen for a decade now. It’s amazing to think that just…
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