Astronomers snap the first baby pictures of a planet

Previously, scientists relied on swirling gas and dust to find hints of embryonic exoplanets

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GATHERING DUST  Images taken by the Very Large Telescope unveil a still-forming exoplanet in the disk of gas and dust around a star about 370 light-years away. The exoplanet (seen here as a bright splotch to the right of its host star, whose light has been blocked out) is a cloudy world several times more massive than Jupiter.

A. Müller et al/ESO

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