The Milky Way Galaxy seen over the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array west of Socorro, New Mexico.

UNLV Study Unlocks Clues to How Planets Form

Astrophysicists discover a large population of potential young planets in distant solar systems.

UNLV researchers Shangjia Zhang and Zhaohuan Zhu led an international team of astronomers in a study that used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of young planets — similar in mass to Neptune or Jupiter — at wide-orbit that are not detectable by other current planet searching techniques. (Photo courtesy of NRAO/AUI/NSF, Jeff Hellerman)

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