Artist’s impression of planet in the HD 131399 system
This artist's impression shows a view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture.
Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.
Edit (19 April 2022): Observations conducted over the past few years have revealed that the object identified as HD 131399Ab is not a planet, but rather a background star.Mynd/Myndskeið:
ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser
|Útgáfudagur:||Júl 7, 2016, 20:00 CEST|
|Stærð:||5000 x 3125 px|
|Tegund:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System|