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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Auðkenni:eso1402a
Tegund:Uppdráttur
Útgáfudagur:Jan 15, 2014, 12:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1402
Stærð:3985 x 2491 px

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Nafn:Messier 67
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Fjarlægð:2500 ljósár
Flokkur:Star Clusters

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