PIA20692: Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation)

Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist’s animation)


View the animation here .

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light. Observing this periodic dimming, called a transit, from continual monitoring of a star's brightness, allows astronomers to detect planets outside our solar system with a high degree of certainty. This Neptune-sized planet orbits a star that is between 5 and 10 million years old. In addition to the planet, the star hosts a disk of planetary debris, seen as a bright ring encircling the star.

Background Info:

NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley manages the Kepler and K2 missions for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation operates the flight system with support from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

More information about the Kepler mission is at http://www.nasa.gov/kepler .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Neptune
System Neptune
Target Type Planet
Mission Kepler
Instrument Host
Host Type
Extra Keywords Artwork, Atmosphere, Color, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2016-06-20
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20692
Identifier PIA20692