ESOcast 62: Three planets found in star cluster

In this ESOcast we look at how astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters. Remarkably one of these new exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects.

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Credit:

ESO.
Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Phillip Keane and Richard Hook.
Presented by: Joe Liske (Dr. J).
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Music: Toomas Erm.
Footage and photos: ESO, Luis Calçada, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Martin Kornmesser, ESA/Hubble, Alexandre Santerne and Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org).
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

 

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About the Video

Id:eso1402a
Language:en-us
Release date:15 January 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1402
Related announcements:ann14003
Duration:04m 59s

About the Object

Name:Messier 67
Type:• Solar System : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
• X - Star Clusters
• X - ESOcast

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