Nov 10

Planet from another galaxy discovered

Source: ESO Science Release eso1045

Artist’s impression of HIP 13044 b, an exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy.
Image credit: ESO/L. Calçada

An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy has been detected by a European team of astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-like planet is particularly unusual, as it is orbiting a star nearing the end of its life and could be about to be engulfed by it, giving tantalising clues about the fate of our own planetary system in the distant future.(read more)

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