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Possible first exoplanet image

Possible first exoplanet image

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Possible first exoplanet image. Computer-enhanced infrared image of a potential extrasolar planet (red) around a brown dwarf star (white). The star, called 2M1207, is around 230 light years away. The planet is thought to be five times the mass of Jupiter. Further study will confirm its status. Taken by the Yepun telescope at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) facility at Cerro Paranal, Chile.

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