In the years of space research, it was the first time when scientists were able to witness a ring of gas and dust orbiting a planet that was thousands of light years away from our Solar System. The finding is believed to be a crucial one in understanding the formation of planets and moons.
The gaseous rings is present around an exoplanet by the name of PDS 70c. This exoplanet belongs to a pair of gas giants that have a size and mass identical to Jupiter. Both the gas giants revolve around a star PDS 70. The PDS 70c was first observed by astronomers in 2019 at the European Southern Observatory via the Very Large Telescope. The observations made in 2019 in combination with the high-grade images captured by the ALMA telescope made them to draw a conclusion that PDS 70c’s disk is made up of material that will lead to formation of moons around the PDS 70c.
Astronomers already knew since the year 2006 that PDS 70 is a star that is encased by a huge disc of gaseous material but couldn’t confirm it owing to gaps in the development of technical equipment. They rightly guessed the presence of a planet between the disc and the star. “Our ALMA observations were gotten at such wonderful resolution that we could obviously recognize that the circle is related with the planet, and we can oblige its size interestingly,” the investigation’s lead author Myriam Benisty said in a press release. The two planets discovered in the system hold significant interest for analysts since they have a place with a young star system.