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This image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the center of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star. | ESO/A. Müller et al
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Astronomers Capture the First Image of a Planet Being Born

The image captures the formation of a planet around PDS 70, a dwarf star located 370 light-years from Earth.