Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67

This artist's impression shows one of the three newly discovered planets in the star cluster Messier 67. In this cluster the stars are all about the same age and composition as the Sun. This makes it a perfect laboratory to study how many planets form in such a crowded environment. Very few planets in clusters are known and this one has the additional distinction of orbiting a solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects.

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ESO/L. Calçada

Rreth fotografisë

Tipi:Punim artistik
Data e Publikimit:Jan 15, 2014, 12:00 CET
Publikime të ngjashme:eso1402
Përmasat:3985 x 2491 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:Messier 67
Tipi:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distanca:2500 vite dritë
Kategori:Star Clusters

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