Jun 13

Lightest Exoplanet Imaged So Far?

Source: ESO Science Release eso1324

ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows the newly discovered planet HD95086 b.
Image credits: ESO/J. Rameau.

A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near a bright star. With an estimated mass of four to five times that of Jupiter, it would be the least massive planet to be directly observed outside the Solar System. The discovery is an important contribution to our understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systems. (read more)

Twitter del.icio.us Digg Facebook linked-in Yahoo Buzz StumbleUpon