Planet Formation Theory Threatened by Hubble Find

A new planet may be being built, not by aliens (well who knows really?), But in a cloud of gas and dust around TW Hydrae about 176 light-years away. This dust and gas cloud is in the constellation Hydra and was spotted by the Hubble space telescope.

A Planet Being Built Perhaps

A Planet Being Built Perhaps

A Gap has been detected and current theories point to this being the formation of a new planet. Formation of planets is said to be by the slow pickup of gas and dust eventually becoming, after growing for quite a while, a planet. Unfortunately for the current theories, this planet is being built 7.5 billion light-years from the nearest star, a red dwarf and therefore the gravitational effects of the star are minimal meaning that a planet shouldn’t be being built in this timeframe. TW Hydrae is only 8 million years old and this does not give the correct amount of time predicted by present theories to build a planet (could this be an alien phenomena then? Perhaps the aliens have made created a message.)

Comparison of Hydra System with Solar System

Comparison of Hydra System with Solar System

An alternative planet theory suggests that a piece of the disk becomes gravitationally unstable and collapses on itself. It is possible that this could create what is seen through Hubble. This would mean a planet could form there in 1000 years.

James Webb telescope

James Webb telescope

The James Webb telescope is planned for use to study this particular object in 2018. Perhaps this will come up with an answer? Join the forum discussion on this post - (1) Posts

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  1. Karen says:

    Did I read this right? This potential planetary ring is 7.5 billion light years from the nearest star??

  2. chris Dann says:

    Karen, yes that is right. That is what Hubble has found. Check out the official release here

  3. shocbomb says:

    I think Karen is onto something if TW Hydrae is 176 light years away AH it would be only 176 light years away from its nearest star not 7.5 Billion. That has to be a mistake ?

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