This image from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the act of formation, around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet is visible as a bright point to the right of the centre of the image, blacked out by the round filter used to block the blinding light of the central star. Photo: A. Muller et al/ESO

Ultimate baby photo: remarkable image is first to show a planet being born

The bright blob depicts a newborn planet emerging from a star about 370 light years from Earth

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This image from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the act of formation, around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet is visible as a bright point to the right of the centre of the image, blacked out by the round filter used to block the blinding light of the central star. Photo: A. Muller et al/ESO
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