Zooming in on the first planet of extragalactic origin

This zoom sequence starts with a wide-field view of the southern skies and gradually closes in on HIP 13044, a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy. This star is orbited by a planet, HIP 13044 b, that is the first ever found around a star of extragalactic origin. The planet 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.


ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin. Music: John Dyson (from the album "Darklight")

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Release date:18 November 2010, 20:00
Related releases:eso1045
Duration:56 s

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