SPHERE observations of the planet HD 131399Ab

This annotated composite image shows the newly discovered exoplanet HD 131399Ab in the triple-star system HD 131399. The image of the planet was obtained with the SPHERE imager on the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile. This is the first exoplanet to be discovered by SPHERE and one of very few directly-imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.

This picture was created from two separate SPHERE observations: one to image the three stars and one to detect the faint planet. The planet appears vastly brighter in this image than in would in reality in comparison to the stars.

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ESO/K. Wagner et al.

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Auðkenni:eso1624d
Tegund:Háskóli
Útgáfudagur:Júl 7, 2016, 20:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1624
Stærð:3000 x 3000 px

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Nafn:HD 131399Ab
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Fjarlægð:300 ljósár
Flokkur:Exoplanets

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Innrautt
K1
2.11 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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