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Astronomers Take 1st Picture of Planet Outside Solar System


European and American astronomers have taken the first pictures of a planet five times the size of Jupiter that is orbiting a star in a different solar system.

The international team of scientists discovered the object last year as a red speck of light circling a brown star. Astronomers estimate the extra-solar planet is 225-light years away from Earth in the Hydra constellation.

Since the mid-1990s, scientists have discovered more than 100 of these objects, though imaging them directly has been difficult. But images of the recently discovered giant planet and dwarf star were captured early this year by the Very Large Telescope (Interferometer at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory) in northern Chile.

Scientists say the planet - called 2M1207b - it is the first planet ever imaged outside of the Earth's solar system.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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