Moon Formation Observed For The First Time In Another Solar System

Scientists have stumbled upon a dust cloud in another solar system that looks like a Moon formation. This observation may be an unprecedented development in the history of astronomy.

Scientists who have been groaning about planets in different solar systems for decades have never encountered a Moon before. This situation may have changed with a new discovery; because scientists are close to a planet when the time comes. They observed a dust cloud that could turn into the Moon.

Scientists have discovered a dust cloud near a young exoplanet in a star system called PDS 70, located exactly 370 light-years from Earth. The team first found a gas cloud protoplanet (PDS 70b) in 2018 using the European Southern Observatory’s ‘Very Large Telescope’ in Chile. Using the same telescope in the same system, a cloud of gas another young planet (PDS 70c) has been discovered.

System containing dust clouds may be 10 million years old

Dust cloud

Scientists believe that both planets, which are formed from gas clouds, 10 times larger than Jupiter believes the system is about 10 million years old. While the system is 10 million years old, the planets themselves are still young; as a matter of fact, one is not even fully formed. Although we are examining moments from roughly 370 years ago, this discovery is quite exciting.

The scientists took a look at this interesting-looking system with all possible other equipment, including the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). This array of 66 shortwave radio telescopes It provided the opportunity to see the cloud that could turn into the moon. This cloud near PDS 70c (the young gas giant) spans little more than the distance between the Earth and the Sun.


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The dust cloud has enough mass to form a total of three Moons when compared to Earth’s Moon. in the region the moon may have formed before but ALMA is not sensitive enough to display it. Perhaps the ‘Extremely Large Telescope’ can confirm the existence of these Moons once its development phase is complete.

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