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Artist's impression of the hypothesized "Planet Nine"

Artist's impression of the hypothesized "Planet Nine"

Date: 10 December 2020
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: HD 106906 b
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser, CC BY 4.0

An 11-Jupiter-mass exoplanet called HD 106906 b occupies an unlikely orbit around a double star 336 light-years away and may be offering clues to something that might be much closer to home: a hypothesized distant member of our Solar System dubbed "Planet Nine." This is the first time that astronomers have been able to measure the motion of a massive Jupiter-like planet that is orbiting very far away from its host stars and visible debris disc.

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Last Update: 21 December 2020
14-Jul-2024 01:53 UT

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