PIA11747: Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: IRAC
Product Size: 708 x 799 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: California Institute of Technology
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Original Caption Released with Image:

This photograph from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the young star cluster NGC 2362. By studying it, astronomers found that gas giant planet formation happens very rapidly and efficiently, within less than 5 million years, meaning that Jupiter-like worlds experience a growth spurt in their infancy.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Image Addition Date:
2009-01-06