Artist’s impression of a hot Jupiter exoplanet in the star cluster Messier 67

This artist’s impression shows a hot Jupiter planet orbiting close to one of the stars in the rich old star cluster Messier 67, in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab). Astronomers have found far more planets like this in the cluster than expected. This surprise result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.

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ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1621a
Type:Artwork
Release date:17 June 2016, 11:00
Related releases:eso1621
Size:5000 x 3125 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 67
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets
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