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

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Science  10 Jun 2010:
DOI: 10.1126/science.1187187


Here, we show that the ~10 Myr β Pictoris system hosts a massive giant planet, β Pictoris b, located 8 to 15 AU 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 recording the full orbit within 17 years.