Protoplanetary discs surround the young star HL-Tauri
Protoplanetary discs surround the young star HL-Tauri

The clearest ever photo of new planets being formed around a star has been captured by the ALMA telescope in Chile.

Astronomers say the image reveals "extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before" and represents an "enormous step forward in the understanding of how protoplanetary discs develop".

The HL-Tauri Sun-like star is located approximately 450 light-years from Earth and is estimated to be around one million years old.

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