A New Planet

The planet GU Psc b and its star GU Psc composed of visible and infrared images from the Gemini South telescope and an infrared image from the CFHT.  Image: CRAQ and Gemini

The planet GU Psc b and its star GU Psc composed of visible and infrared images from the Gemini South telescope and an infrared image from the CFHT. Image: CRAQ and Gemini

Way to go Canada! A team led by Université de Montréal researchers has discovered and photographed a new planet 155 light years away.

The planet, named GU Psc b, is so far from the parent star (GU Psc)it takes 80,000 years to make the trip! The parent star is about three times LESS massive than our own Sun. So this planet is still gravitationally bound enough to orbit 2,000 (Earth/Sun) AU from a star a third (?) the mass of our Sun? That’s amazing, I gotta do the math on this.

An image from 155 light-years? Read how at the Gemini site.