Planet Beta Pictoris seen with the NACO APP (annotated)

The planet Beta Pic b imaged at a wavelength of 4.05 micrometres with the VLT’s NACO instrument using the Apodising Phase Plate (APP) coronagraph on 3 April 2010. The “bad” (bright) side of the image is visible to the right while the central bright regions of the central star (Beta Pictoris) have been masked out to enable the viewer to see clearly the planet to the left of the star. At its current projected position the planet is roughly 6.5 AU away from its host star (1 AU being the distance Earth–Sun). The planet’s mass is estimated to be roughly nine times that of Jupiter.

This view can be compared with the view with NACO without the APP coronagraph (eso1024a).

Credit:

ESO

Over de afbeelding

Id:ann1037d
Type:Observatie
Publicatiedatum:1 juli 2010 10:10
Gerelateerde mededelingen:ann1037
Grootte:2144 x 1938 px

Over het object

Naam:Beta Pictoris
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Afstand:80 lichtjaren
Categorie:Exoplanets
Stars

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Infrarood
Near-IR
4.05 μmVery Large Telescope
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