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Taiwan Quick Take: Planet formation observed


The process of planet formation has been observed for the first time by researchers at Taiwan's top research institution, Academia Sinica, it was announced yesterday. The members of Academia Sinica's Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) recently discovered that a giant planet about the same mass of Jupiter is forming near a star -- AB Aur -- in Constellation Auriga, using the Submillimeter Array (SMA) with eight 6m antennas on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, according to the ASIAA. An ASIAA member participating in the project said that with the help of the SMA's near-infrared observational capacity, the team found some deviations in the movement of AB Aur's disk, which led to the discovery of another planet in the process of forming.

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