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Young Star Discovered That Has Spiral Arms

Astronomers have known for some time that a star named SAO 206462 has a disk surrounding it, and have studied it with all available techniques including with Hubble chronographic imagery. But new high contrast observations with the Subaru Telescope has shown a surprising double-spiral feature in the disk, which may point to planets in the act of forming. Spiral waves are propagating through the disk, which astronomers think come from objects creating perturbations. Carol Grady, an astronomer based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said disks are the birthplace of planets, and astronomers know there should be a perturbation in the disk pointing to where a planet is located. “We thought we might find a wide gap, instead we were surprised to find a double spiral feature around the star in addition to the outer disk.”

Two spiral arms emerge from the gas-rich disk around SAO 206462, a young star in the constellation Lupus. This image, acquired by the Subaru Telescope and its HiCIAO instrument, is the first to show spiral arms in a circumstellar disk. The disk itself is some 14 billion miles across, or about twice the size of Pluto's orbit in our own solar system. (Credit: NAOJ/Subaru)

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And, here are some Urantia Book passages that give clues to planet/sun-forming and spiral configurations

15:4.7 Not all spiral nebulae are engaged in sun making. Some have retained control of many of their segregated stellar offspring, and their spiral appearance is occasioned by the fact that their suns pass out of the nebular arm in close formation but return by diverse routes, thus making it easy to observe them at one point but more difficult to see them when widely scattered on their different returning routes farther out and away from the arm of the nebula. There are not many sun-forming nebulae active in Orvonton at the present time, though Andromeda, which is outside the inhabited superuniverse, is very active. This far-distant nebula is visible to the naked eye, and when you view it, pause to consider that the light you behold left those distant suns almost one million years ago.

41:1.1 The spiral and other nebulae, the mother wheels of the spheres of space, are initiated by Paradise force organizers; and following nebular evolution of gravity response, they are superseded in superuniverse function by the power centers and physical controllers, who thereupon assume full responsibility for directing the physical evolution of the ensuing generations of stellar and planetary offspring.

57:2.1 All evolutionary material creations are born of circular and gaseous nebulae, and all such primary nebulae are circular throughout the early part of their gaseous existence. As they grow older, they usually become spiral, and when their function of sun formation has run its course, they often terminate as clusters of stars or as enormous suns surrounded by a varying number of planets, satellites, and smaller groups of matter in many ways resembling your own diminutive solar system.

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