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Artist’s impression of the planet Beta Pictoris b | by European Southern Observatory
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Artist’s impression of the planet Beta Pictoris b

This artist’s view shows the planet orbiting the young star Beta Pictoris. This exoplanet is the first to have its rotation rate measured. Its eight-hour day corresponds to an equatorial rotation speed of 100 000 kilometres/hour — much faster than any planet in the Solar System.

 

More information: www.eso.org/public/images/eso1414a/

 

Credit:

ESO L. Calçada/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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Taken on April 30, 2014