First ever image of a multi-planet system around a Sun-like star

This image, captured by the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shows the star TYC 8998-760-1 accompanied by two giant exoplanets. This is the first time astronomers have directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.

The image was captured by blocking the light from the young, Sun-like star (on the top left corner) using a coronagraph, which allows for the fainter planets to be detected. The bright and dark rings we see on the star’s image are optical artefacts. The two planets are visible as two bright dots in the centre and bottom right of the frame.


About the Image

Id: eso2011a
Type: Observation
Release date: 22 July 2020, 15:00
Related releases: eso2011
Size: 1310 x 1310 px

About the Object

Name: TYC 8998-760-1
Type: Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Constellation: Musca
Category: Exoplanets


Position (RA): 13 25 11.95
Position (Dec): -64&deg 56′ 21.78″
Field of view: 0.05 x 0.05 arcminutes
Orientation: North is -0.0° left of vertical

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