Artist’s impression of planet in the HD 131399 system

This artist's impression shows a view of the triple star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture.

Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly-imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and having an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1624a
Type:Artwork
Release date:7 July 2016, 20:00
Related releases:eso1624
Size:5000 x 3125 px

About the Object

Name:HD 131399Ab
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:300 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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