Gemini-Discovered World is Most Like Jupiter

The simulated fly-by of the 51 Eridani star and planet system begins with the view of the sky showing the location of the star near the constellation Orion visible in the northern hemisphere winter. The young star 51 Eridani is 100 light-years from the Sun and a Jupiter-like planet is directly imaged in the infrared in an orbit similar in size to the Sun-Saturn distance. The star also has indirect evidence of belts of rocky debris orbiting closer and farther to the the star than the new planet. The fly-by ends with a view back toward the Sun from the newly discovered planet.

J. Patience & J. Cornelison (ASU).

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Release date:Aug. 13, 2015
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Duration:01 m 15 s
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