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Jupiter-like planet shows signs of moon formation

Scientists have uncovered evidence of moon formation in a solar system for the first time. In the star system PDS 70, approximately 370 light-years away, a planet covered in a disk of dust and gas appears to be growing a moon, researchers report this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Astronomers speculate that Jupiter’s own moons may have formed in this manner hundreds of millions of years ago. Although researchers have seen planets forming in the dusty disks around stars before, this discovery marks the first time they’ve seen a disk shrouding a planet, National Geographic reports.

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