18162First direct shot of a planet around another star
- May 2, 2005Planet 'seen' around distant sun
European and American scientists say they have photographed a
planet outside the Solar System for the first time.
The European Southern Observatory group said the red image is the
first direct shot of a planet around another star.
The planet, known as 2M1207b, is about five times the size of
Jupiter and is orbiting at a distance nearly twice as far as
Neptune is from our Sun.
The parent star and planet are more than 200 light-years away
near the southern constellation of Hydra.
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