Alien planetary system, artwork

Alien planetary system, artwork

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Alien planetary system. Computer artwork of a view across an alien moon towards the star 51 Pegasi (upper centre) and its planets. 51 Pegasi is a Sun-like star located 51 light years from Earth, in the constellation Pegasus. It was the first Sun-like star found to have a planet orbiting it. The planet's shown here have a mass similar to Jupiter but orbit much closer to their sun, meaning they have a much hotter surface temperature and giving them the name Hot Jupiters.

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Keywords: 51 pegasi, alien planet, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, exoplanet, exoplanets, exosolar, extrasolar, extrasolar planet, hot jupiter, hypothetical planet, illustration, landscape, moon, planet, planetary science, planetary system, rock, rocky, star, surface

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