Artist’s impression of an exoplanet

This artist’s impression was originally created to show the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth. Alpha Centauri B is the most brilliant object in the sky and the other dazzling object is Alpha Centauri A. Our own Sun is visible to the upper right. The tiny signal of the planet was found with the HARPS spectrograph on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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Id:
iau1501a
Type:
Artwork
Release date:
13 January 2015, 17:00
Related releases:
iau1501
Size:
4000 x 2500 px

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