Direct Images Show Baby Exoplanets Stealing Gas From Their Parent Star

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The young star system includes two gas giants, shown here in an artist’s illustration still forming and carving out gaps in the disk of material around their central star. (Credit: J. Olmsted/STScI)

While discoveries of exoplanets are commonplace these days, the most obvious detection method – directly taking a picture of a planet – remains one of the most challenging. And such images almost always reveal a single, giant planet orbiting far from its host star.

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