Astronomy: direct illustration of the previously severe-friendly exoplanet

The 63 light-years remote Star Beta Pictoris remains a treasure trove for astronomy: using a special instrument at Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, astronomers and astronomers have now also pictured the second well-known exoplanets directly, write astronomy astrophysics in the trade magazine. Beta Pictoris C was allowed to be the closest about its star circular exoplanet, from which there is a direct illustration. The exoplanet had been discovered last year, has about the eight-fold mass of Jupiter and circles at a removal of only 2.7 astronomical units around Beta Pictoris. In the solar system is at this removal of the asteroid streets.

Astronomy: Direct illustration of the previously severe-friendly exoplanet

The system of beta pictoris and data on the illustrations of both exoplanets

Indirectly and proven directly

The vast majority of exoplanets are only indirectly discovered their impact on their stars, there are direct illustrations, especially of celestial clerks that have very wide orientation – otherwise the stars are just too bright. Beta Pictoris C had been discovered with the so-called radial speed, scientists of the Max Planck Institutes for astronomy as well as the for extraterrestrial physics, which have now depicted him. The light blue and red shift (Doppler effect) of the star light is measured, which arises that an exoplanet pulls on it. You also have predicted his exact position and now mapped it. This was achieved with the 2016 instrument installed in the VLT. Thus, the researchers now have accurate data for mass and brightness.

Beta Pictoris C is thus the first exoplanet, which could be discovered and confirmed both an indirect and a direct method. In addition, he apparently lost the second exoplanet in the system as a closest to a star, which was directly disclosed. The data thus determined are but "slightly", Write the researchers. Thus, the inner exoplanet beta pictoris c is slightly smaller than beta pictoris b with approximately 12 Jupiter masses with about eight Jupiter masses, but lights six times weak than this one. It is about the intrinsic brightness, in the case caused by the warm from the origin of the sky corpor. This represents the two competing models for planetary engineering problems, explains the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. More detailed amounts of the mass of Beta Pictoris B could help but still need something, because it needs 28 earthen years for a whole orbit.

A treasure trove for astronomy

Beta Pictoris is a comparatively young star surrounded by dust slices. In which planetary education does not seem to be completed, which makes the system especially interesting for astronomers. In recordings from 2003, later, the Exoplanet Beta Pictoris B had been discovered, which was directly proven. Over the years, further recordings were taken, which show the sky corner on his way around the star. The direct imaging of the second exoplanet in the system managed thanks to Gravity, which the four telescopes of the VLT interpret by means of interferometry quasi and a single, a lot of coarse telescope. A successor is already developed.


Astronomy: direct illustration of the previously sternennachsten exoplanets succeeded

Upcoming relatives

The ever-gebling exoplanets – deemed and ungent (*) – in a habitable zone.

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