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ESOcast 169 Light: First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet (4K UHD)

Astronomers using the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope captured the first clear image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star. The young planet is carving a path through the primordial disc of gas and dust around the very young star PDS 70. The data suggest that the planet’s atmosphere is cloudy.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Calum Turner and Mariya Lyubenova.
Music: Tim Turusov (
Footage and photos: ESO, UHD Team, N. Risinger (, DSS, L. Calçada, and M. Kornmesser.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.


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14 thoughts on “ESOcast 169 Light: First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet (4K UHD)

  1. There's dumbing down, and then there's DUMBING down. I don't wish to be disparaging, but this video tells us almost nothing of the composition and evolution of new planetary bodies. Can you be a little more specific?

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  4. I have a question. PDS 70 star is about 5.4 million years old and lies 370 light-years from Earth. So what we see in this picture is what it looked like 370 years ago? If so the new born planet is actually 370 years old now??

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