Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)
Astronomers have not yet reached a definitive answer for what makes the gaps in the dust disk. Because these disks are the sites of planet formation, some suggest that infant planets are the key; the dark gaps are carved by planets forming in the disk that attract or sweep away the dust along their orbits.
Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Yen et al.
The team also found that the gas density is high enough to harbor an infant planet around the inner gap.
The research team members are:
Hsi-Wei Yen (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan), Hauyu Baobab Liu (European Southern Observatory, Germany), Pin-Gao Gu, Naomi Hirano, Chin-Fei Lee (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan), Evaria Puspitaningrum (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia), and Shigehisa Takakuwa (Kagoshima University, Japan)
This research is supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
Credit: Clem & Adri Bacri-Normier (wingsforscience.com)/ESO
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