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First image of planet system captured 300 light years away

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 3, 2020
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) has taken the first ever image of a young Sun like star accompanied by two giant exoplanets.
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Images of systems with multiple exoplanets are extremely rare, and astronomers had never directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun. The observations can help astronomers understand how planets formed and evolved around our own Sun.

Just a few weeks ago, ESO revealed a planetary system being born in a new, stunning VLT image. Now, the same telescope, using the same instrument, has taken the first direct image of a planetary system around a star like our Sun, located about 300 light years away and known as TYC 8998-760-1.

The two gas giants orbit their host star. This places these planets much further away from their star than Jupiter or Saturn. The team found the two exoplanets are much heavier than the ones in our Solar System.


 

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