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ALMA Discovers Trio of Infant Planets around Newborn Star

13 Jun 2018, 14:00 UTC
ALMA Discovers Trio of Infant Planets around Newborn Star

Two independent teams of astronomers have used ALMA to uncover convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around the infant star HD 163296. Using a novel planet-finding technique, the astronomers identified three disturbances in the gas-filled disc around the young star: the strongest evidence yet that newly formed planets are in orbit there. These are considered the first planets to be discovered with ALMA.

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