First planet of extragalactic origin (artist's impression)

This artist’s impression shows HIP 13044 b, an exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy. This planet of extragalactic origin 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. Note that the planet does not transit the star from the viewpoint of the Earth.


ESO/L. Calçada

About the Video

Release date:18 November 2010, 20:00
Related releases:eso1045
Duration:23 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:HIP 13044 b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System



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