An artist's impression of the gas and dust disk around the planet-like object OTS44. First radio observations indicate that OTS44 has formed in the same way as a young star. | Johan Olofsson/University of Valparaíso & MPIA

Orphan Planet's Huge Disk Shows That Planets Are More Like Stars Than We Know

The discovery of a vast star-like disk of gas and dust surrounding planet OTS44 challenges the notion of what differentiates a planet from a star, and of how their origins differ.

Published On 05/23/2017
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