SPHERE image of the newborn planet PDS 70b

This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the centre of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star.

Credit:

ESO/A. Müller et al.

About the Image

Id:eso1821a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 July 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1821
Size:2000 x 1692 px

About the Object

Name:PDS 70
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Constellation:Centaurus
Category:Exoplanets

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Coordinates

Position (RA):14 8 10.16
Position (Dec):-41° 23' 52.60"
Field of view:0.02 x 0.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
K1
2.11 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrared
K2
2.251 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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