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VLT telescope imaged massive exoplanet orbiting the most massive star

Astronomers used Very Large Telescope (VLT) to image exoplanet b Centauri (AB) b. The newly discovered planet orbits pair of massive B-stars more than 300 light years away. All the exoplanets discovered up until now were found orbiting less massive stars.

b Centauri star system



Primary star b Centauri A has a little more than 6 solar masses. Not much is known about the secondary component, but it's probably another B-type star. These stars orbit each other in the center of the system.

Exoplanet b Centauri (AB) b orbit both of the stars in the system. It is 11 times more massive than Jupiter and orbits its star 100 times further.

Related stars in catalogue

Star Star type Distance
(light years)
Exoplanets
part of star image
part of star image
b Centauri A Blue Giant 339
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part of star image
part of star image
b Centauri B Blue Giant 339
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