New observations of a young star and its surroundings are like a snapshot of our own solar system when it was forming, astronomers announced Friday.
The star, just a million years old, is surrounded by a disk of dust, the sort of "protoplanetary" disk from which planets formed around our Sun, according to theory. In the disk is a gap that astronomers say likely was formed by one or more giant gas planets, something similar to Jupiter and the other planets we're familiar with.
The planets have not been imaged. Rather, the dust and the gap have been seen.