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May 28, 1998 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-19

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Hubble Takes First Image of a Possible Planet around Another Star and Finds a Runaway World

A Space Science Update Release

May 28, 1998: The Hubble telescope has given astronomers their first direct look at what is possibly a planet outside our solar system — one apparently that has been ejected into deep space by its parent stars.

The discovery further challenges conventional theories about the birth and evolution of planets, and offers new insights into the formation of our own solar system. Located within a star-forming region in the constellation Taurus, the object, called TMR-1C, appears to lie at the end of a strange filament of light, suggesting it has apparently been flung away from the vicinity of a newly forming pair of binary stars.

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Credits: S. Terebey (Extrasolar Research Corp.) and NASA