The relative position of the companion to HD 3651

Astronomers have detected a new faint companion to the star HD 3651, already known to host a planet. This companion, a brown dwarf, is the faintest known companion of an exoplanet host star imaged directly and one of the faintest T dwarfs detected in the Solar neighbourhood so far. The detection yields important information on the conditions under which planets form. The separations (top) and position angles (bottom) of the companion with respect to the host star is shown here over a three year period. The solid, red line indicates the expected variation of separation and position angle in case the object is a non-moving background star.



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Data de divulgação:19 de Outubro de 2006
Notícias relacionadas:eso0639
Tamanho:2140 x 1430 px

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Nome:HD 3651
Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distância:35 anos-luz

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