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Hubble spots young gas giant forming in an ‘intense and violent’ way

An artist’s depiction of exoplanet AB Aurigae b. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI))

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a young Jupiter-like protoplanet that’s supporting an unusual planetary formation theory, according to a new study.

The subject of the image is the planet AB Aurigae b, a young gas giant located some 531 light-years away from our sun that’s estimated to be about 2 million years old. Scientists know that gaseous and rocky planets form from material gathered around a star in what’s called a circumstellar disk. 

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