History In The Making: This Planet Is Currently Forming In Outer Space, And We Can See It
It's been four and a half billion years since this little place we call home was formed. What's crazy to think, is that in those four and half billion years, we've never seen anything like it happen with our own eyes. That's not to say it hasn't: planets form all the time, and we can find evidence of the occurrence, but nobody in the history of Earth has watched this spectacle unfold in real time.
The cloud was unusual because it had a gaping hole in the center of it. Dust clouds are not uncommon to surround stars, but what these scientists have realized is that this hole in the center is a planet being formed.
Peter Tuthill, co-author of a paper, explained in Nature exactly what's going on here:
"This is the first time we’ve imaged a planet that is definitely still in the process of forming,”
The further development of telescope technology only shows that we're in for a lot more sighting of planets being created in outer space. Astronomy has come a long way in that regard, and maybe someday it will lead to us seeing who else may be out there living on these planets being formed.