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Beta Pictoris as seen in near-infrared light


Very few exoplanets have been directly imaged, and even the ones we can see just appear as a dot. This composite image represents the close environment of the star Beta Pictoris as seen in near-infrared light, after subtraction of the much brighter stellar halo. The outer part of the image shows the reflected light on the dust disc that surrounds the star. The planet Beta Pictoris b is more than 1000 times fainter than its star, at a projected distance of 8 times the Earth-Sun distance. Credit: ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.

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