Artist’s impression of planet orbiting in the HD 131399 system

This artists impression shows the orbit of the planet in the triple-star system HD 131399. Two of the stars are close together and the third, brighter component is orbited by a gas giant planet named HD 131399Ab.

Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, 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.

Edit (19 April 2022): Observations conducted over the past few years have revealed that the object identified as HD 131399Ab is not a planet, but rather a background star.


ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser

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Release date:7 July 2016, 20:00
Related releases:eso1624
Duration:01 m 05 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:HD 131399Ab
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System

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