Planets orbiting HR 8799

This movie of four planets more massive than Jupiter orbiting  the young star HR 8799 is a composite of sorts, including images taken  over seven years at the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii.

The movie clearly doesn’t show full orbits, which will take many more  years to collect. The closest-in planet circles the star in around 40  years; the furthest takes more than 400 years.

The black circle in the centre of the image is part of the observing and  analysing effort to block the blinding light of the star, and thus make  the planets visible.


W.M. Keck observatory, J. Wang, C. Marois

About the Video

Release date:1 August 2017, 12:38
Duration:10 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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