Gorgeous image reveals first detection of gas giants being born around young star (photo)

Astronomers have glimpsed a stunning cosmic “phoenix” representing a planetary system in the making.

Just as the mythological phoenix represents rebirth from fiery destruction, this cloud resembling a flaming cosmic bird can signify the birth of a gas giant planet from clumps of material gathered around a star that was recently born from the ashes of a previous long-dead star. Studying the dusty clusters around the star designated V960 Mon and located about 5,000 light-years away and the constellation Unicorn could reveal how gas giant planets like Jupiter are born.

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