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The orbit of the first planet of extragalactic origin (artist's impression)

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This artist’s impression shows the slightly elliptical orbit of HIP 13044 b, an exoplanet around a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy. This planet of extragalactic origin was 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 clues about the fate of our own planetary system in the distant future.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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Id:eso1045e
Release date:18 November 2010, 20:00
Related releases:eso1045
Duration:28s

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Name:HIP 13044 b
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
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