This does raise an interesting question for astronomers because if it is a Jupiter-sized planet, it's awfully far from its star... at least according to many current models of planetary formation. About 68 times as far from HD100546 as we are from the sun, if this planet were in our solar system it'd be located deep in the Kuiper Belt, twice as far as Pluto. That's not where one would typically expect to find gas giants, so it's been hypothesized that this protoplanet might have migrated outwards after initially forming closer to the star... perhaps "kicked out" by gravitational interaction with an even more massive planet.
ANALYSIS: Youngest Baby Exoplanet Discovered
Alternatively, it may not be a planet at all - the bright blob in the VLT image might be coming from a much more distant source. While extremely unlikely, further research will be needed to rule that possibility out.
If it's found to be a planet, HD100546 "b" would offer scientists an unprecedented opportunity to observe a planetary formation process in action - and from a relatively close proximity as well.
According to the team's paper, submitted to Astrophysical Journal Letters, "What makes HD100546 particularly interesting is that 1. it would be the first imaged protoplanet that is still embedded in the gas and dust disk of its host star; and 2. it would show that planet formation does occur at large orbital separations."
(Now all we have to do is wait a couple billion years and then show these pictures to HD100546b's girlfriend. How embarrassing!)
Read more on the ESO website here.