noao0605 — Science Release

Exoplanet Tracker Discovers Young Star with Planetary Companion

11 January 2006, Gainesville

An artist’s rendition shows a planet orbiting a very young, active star pocked with dark star spots and speckled with flares and other surface activity.

A team led by a University of Florida astronomer announced on Wednesday the discovery of the planet orbiting a star just 600 million years old, one of the youngest stars ever found with a planetary companion. In a development expected to dramatically speed the hunt for planets in coming years, the astronomers used a new, more effective planet-finding instrument attached to a telescope at the Tucson-based Kitt Peak National Observatory to find the planet, located about 100 light years away in the constellation Virgo.

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Image courtesy of P. Marenfeld and NOAO/AURA/NSF

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Release No.:noao0605
Facility:KPNO 2.1-meter Telescope

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Young star with planetary companion
Young star with planetary companion
Exoplanet Tracker Discovers Young Star with Planetary Companion
Exoplanet Tracker Discovers Young Star with Planetary Companion