The Very Large Telescope surprisingly finds an exoplanet lurking in a three-body system | Albiseyler

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The Very Large Telescope in Chile has photographed a planet orbiting a star in a multi-star system located about 480 light-years from Earth.

The exoplanet15 times more massive than ours Solar Systemthe largest planet Jupiterit orbits a small star that itself orbits a larger one star. The larger star is also orbited by a brown dwarf, or “failed” asterisk. Brown dwarfs get their grim moniker because these objects aren’t massive enough to sustain nuclear fusion in their cores like typical stars do, but they’re still too big to be called planets.

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