Astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics say they have found ‘smoking gun’ evidence of a new small planet located within a protoplanetary disk.

Astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics say they've discovered ‘smoking gun’ proof of a brand new small planet located inside a protoplanetary disk.

Hidden deep inside the disk, studies discovered that the planet is around the size of Neptune or Saturn and is round one to a few million years old

 that is fantastically younger in relation to planets.

Previous research has identified that planets are born in protoplanetary disks that surround new stars.

Hundreds of these disks have been spotted around the universe, but observing their birth and formation has proved difficult.

“Directly detecting young planets is very challenging and has so far only been successful in one or two cases,” said Feng Long, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Astrophysics.

“Directly detecting young planets is very challenging and has so far only been successful in one or two cases,” said Feng Long, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Astrophysics.

Long believes that further high technology observations of protoplanetary disks will help provide additional evidence of her planetary discovery.