Astronomers Likely Find How Giant Planets Form
Scientists have always been keen to know how jumbo planets like Jupiter were formed. Now, a planet in action, which is probably in its formation, in a solar system nearby, may provide the answer to the same, as per a new report.
Astronomers from the Chile's Universidad de Chile in Santiago have told that a dusty filaments' pair feeds the growth of a young planet in such a way that is unique. The pair of filaments stretches across the nearby star HD14252's solar system's length by above 7.4 billion miles.
Lead author Simon Casassus and colleagues have closely looked at dust disks spinning around the star. New Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) was used for the same, which supported a theory that the disks swirling the star have instabilities, which grow so that giant planets develop in a snowballing fashion. The study has been published in the Nature journal.
"Astronomers and theorists have been waiting for decades for ALMA to be built and begin operations, and this early discovery shows that the wait has been well worthwhile", planetary scientist Alan Boss was quoted as saying. The report says "The Crowded Universe: The Race to Find Life beyond Earth" has been penned down by him only.