Mommy, How Are Planets Made? New Image Reveals Best-Ever Look

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The world’s largest telescope, located in the Andes Mountains of Chile, has captured the clearest image of the formation of planets. Scientists have long believed that planets are born out of protoplanetary disks – gas and dust orbiting a star – but, until now, we have only seen fuzzy examples.

The telescope known as ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) has exposed the most vivid account. Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope magazine spoke with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Sacha Pfeiffer about what this means for scientists on the quest to understanding our universe.


This segment aired on November 7, 2014.


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