The Brown Dwarf Object 2M1207 and GPCC

This is a composite image of the brown dwarf object 2M1207 (centre) and the fainter object seen near it, at an angular distance of 778 milliarcsec. Designated "Giant Planet Candidate Companion" by the discoverers, it may represent the first image of an exoplanet. Further observations, in particular of its motion in the sky relative to 2M1207 are needed to ascertain its true nature. The photo is based on three near-infrared exposures (in the H, K and L' wavebands) with the NACO adaptive-optics facility at the 8.2-m VLT Yepun telescope at the ESO Paranal Observatory.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0428a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 September 2004
Related releases:eso0428
Size:778 x 772 px

About the Object

Name:2M1207
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Brown Dwarf
• X - Stars
Distance:230 light years

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.265 μm Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infrared
K
2.18 μm Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infrared
L
3.8 μm Very Large Telescope
NACO

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