First ever image of a multi-planet system around a Sun-like star

This image, captured by the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shows the star TYC 8998-760-1 accompanied by two giant exoplanets. This is the first time astronomers have directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.

The image was captured by blocking the light from the young, Sun-like star (on the top left corner) using a coronagraph, which allows for the fainter planets to be detected. The bright and dark rings we see on the star’s image are optical artefacts. The two planets are visible as two bright dots in the centre and bottom right of the frame.

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Auðkenni:eso2011a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Júl 22, 2020, 15:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso2011
Stærð:1310 x 1310 px

Um fyrirbærið

Nafn:TYC 8998-760-1
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Constellation:Musca
Flokkur:Exoplanets

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Position (RA):13 25 11.95
Position (Dec):-64° 56' 21.78"
Field of view:0.05 x 0.05 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er -0.0° vinstri frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðBylgjulengdSjónauki
Innrautt
K1
2.11 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Innrautt
J2
1.19 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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