The brown dwarf 2M1207 and its planetary companion

This composite image shows the first planet outside of our solar system (right) found orbiting a brown dwarf, dubbed 2M1207 (centre). The fainter planetary companion is at an angular distance of 778 milliarcsec from 2M1207. The exoplanet orbits at a distance from the brown dwarf that is nearly twice as far as Neptune is from the Sun. Originally designated the Giant Planet Candidate Companion (GPCC) by its discoverers, further observations, particularly its motion in the sky relative to 2M1207, ascertained its true nature. The photo is based on three near-infrared exposures (in the H, K and L'' wavebands) with the NACO adaptive-optics facility at the 8.2-m VLT Yepun telescope at the ESO Paranal Observatory.

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O slici

Id:eso0515a
Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:30. april 2005.
Povezana saopštenja:eso0515
Veličina:800 x 799 px

O objektu

Naziv:2M1207
Tip:Milky Way : Star : Type : Brown Dwarf
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Udaljenost:230 svetlosnih godina
Kategorija:Exoplanets

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Boje i flteri

OpsegTeleskop
Infracrveni
H
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infracrveni
K
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infracrveni
L
Very Large Telescope
NACO

 

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