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Leiden discovery of planetary births is worldwide news

In Germany, the United States and even in Vietnam: all over the world, the Leiden discovery of the birth of two planets was shared. Astronomer Sebastiaan Haffert and his team were able to record multiple planets in the making for the first time and published their findings in Nature Astronomy. A unique achievement that did not go unnoticed.

Sebastiaan Haffert

'This discovery is actually a missing link', says Haffert at the Dutch NPO Radio 1. 'We know what adult planetary systems look like, but until recently we've never seen a planet that's still in the process of being born.' Haffert's discovery helps our understanding of how planets form.

Media overview

Haffert's discovery has appeared in more than 200 articles worldwide. Below is a small selection:

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