Fig10_9 Planet around Beta Pictoris

Fig10_9 Planet around Beta Pictoris

Fig. 10.9 . An exoplanetís orbital motion, denoted by the white elliptical line, was imaged from an adaptive optics instrument attached to the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The small white spot at the center shows the location of the host star, Beta Pictoris. Observations in 2003 are at the left side of the planetís orbital ellipse and those in 2009 are on the right side. The larger dust disc surrounding the host star is also shown by the large flattened blue image at the left and right. (Courtesy of ESO/A. M. Lagrange.)

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