Astronomer captures image of planet being born - The Globe and Mail Link says it all folks. Astronomers have captured the first direct image of a planet being born. Adam Kraus, of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, said the planet is being formed out of dust and gas circling a 2-million-year-old star about 450 light years from Earth. The planet itself, based on scientific models of how planets form, is estimated to have started taking shape about 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. Oh, and the End of the World did not happen in Guam and Wellington. Thank You Time Zones.