A Giant Planet Imaged in the Disk of the Young Star β Pictoris

Science  02 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5987, pp. 57-59
DOI: 10.1126/science.1187187

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Here, we show that the ~10-million-year-old β Pictoris system hosts a massive giant planet, β Pictoris b, located 8 to 15 astronomical units from the star. This result confirms that gas giant planets form rapidly within disks and validates the use of disk structures as fingerprints of embedded planets. Among the few planets already imaged, β Pictoris b is the closest to its parent star. Its short period could allow for recording of the full orbit within 17 years.

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