Artist's Impression of Planet in the HD 131399 System

Artist's Impression of Planet in the HD 131399 System

About this image

This artist's impression shows a view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower left of the picture.

Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus, 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 1,076 degrees Fahrenheit (580 degrees Celsius) and having an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly imaged exoplanets.

For more information, contact:

Kevin Wagner
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
859-609-3611
kevinwagner@email.arizona.edu

Markus Kasper
ESO, Garching, Germany
011-49-89-3200-6359
mkasper@eso.org

Daniel Apai
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
apai@email.arizona.edu

Richard Hook
ESO, Garching, Germany
011-49-89-3200-6655 (office) / 011-49-151-1537-3591 (cell)
rhook@eso.org


Tags
Extrasolar Planets, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Planets, Stars

Credits

Illustration Credit: NASA and ESO/L. Cal├žada

Science Credit: NASA, ESO, and K. Wagner (University of Arizona)