Science Spotlight: First observation of a moon-forming disk.
It’s time for Science Spotlight. Each week we talk to an expert about the big breakthroughs and the unique discoveries made in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
This week, it’s exoplanets again – specifically the rather dramatically named exoplanet PDS 70c, nearly 400 lightyears away. What is special about this planet is that it is surrounded by a moon-forming disc. This is the first time a moon-forming disc has been directly observed, where previously it had only been described in theory.
Cameron spoke to exoplanet expert Prof. Jonti Horner of The University of Southern Queensland about what this discovery means for astronomy.
To read more about this, check out the official press release from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.
For more science interviews with Cameron, check out his podcast Stardust MQ.
Image Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Benisty et al.