NASA's Hubble telescope sends back images of 'still-forming planet' quadrillions of miles away

Planet is just a few million years old.

Updated: May 1, 2021 - 9:43pm

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NASA's legendary Hubble space telescope recently provided astronomers with a valuable look at a "still-forming" planet at a distance of more than two quadrillion miles.

Hubble in its data sent back "a rare look at a Jupiter-sized, still-forming planet that is feeding off material surrounding a young star," the space agency said in a press release this week. 

The imagery "gives us the first opportunity to witness material falling onto a planet," University of Texas astronomy Prof. Brendan Bowler said in the release. "Our results open up a new area for this research."

The planetary system "is located 370 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus," NASA said.