Amazing. One of the best astronomy images I've ever seen! Just think, we looked like that once. That's you, me and everyone and everything we know about was once a bunch of atoms floating round a young star before being pulled into spheres of coalescing matter by gravity.
And after a while some of those bits of matter had the idea of building a telescope to look into space and photograph how other planetary systems came from bits of matter in a belt of dust. Is that far out or what? Pretty damn good bit of organisation, a pat on the back for Earth atoms I think. Makes me dizzy to be part of it, even if my contribution is simply looking at the pictures on a screen. But how common it is that atoms form molecules that form life that gets so sophisticated it knows where it is? I wish we could fast forward this planetary system and see what happens. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <anartaxius@...> wrote : Image of planet formation around a young star. High resolution radio telescope image. Birth of planets revealed in astonishing detail in ALMA's 'best image ever' http://phys.org/news/2014-11-birth-planets-revealed-astonishing-alma.html http://phys.org/news/2014-11-birth-planets-revealed-astonishing-alma.html Birth of planets revealed in astonishing detail in ALMA&... http://phys.org/news/2014-11-birth-planets-revealed-astonishing-alma.html Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of the testing and verification process for the Atacama L... View on phys.org http://phys.org/news/2014-11-birth-planets-revealed-astonishing-alma.html Preview by Yahoo Planet formation captured in photo http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29932609 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29932609 Planet formation captured in photo http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29932609 The Alma radio telescope has snapped the clearest ever image of planets forming around a very young star. View on www.bbc.com http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29932609 Preview by Yahoo Astonishing image of planet-forming disk from ALMA | EarthSky.org http://earthsky.org/space/astonishing-image-of-planet-forming-disk-from-alma http://earthsky.org/space/astonishing-image-of-planet-forming-disk-from-alma Astonishing image of planet-forming disk from ALMA | Ea... http://earthsky.org/space/astonishing-image-of-planet-forming-disk-from-alma It looks like an artist's illustration, but it's a real image and it lets us glimpse the process by which planets are born in orbit around their stars. View on earthsky.org http://earthsky.org/space/astonishing-image-of-planet-forming-disk-from-alma Preview by Yahoo