December 13, 2010

Representation of HR 8799 Planetary System

This is a 3-D representation of the HR 8799 planetary system and the solar system in the Milky Way. The orbits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are shown with the Sun located at the center. HR 8799 is located 90 degrees away from the Milky Way galactic center, below the solar system. All orbital diameters are greatly exaggerated here to be visible.

Credit: NRC-HIA and C. Marois. Background image courtesy of 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF

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