The near-infrared image of the binary stars. The faint object in the lower left may be a planet.
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Courtesy of S. Terebey and NASA
News story originally written on May 29, 1998
Possible planet? Protoplanet? Possibly. Scientists searching through Hubble images of stars in the constellation
Taurus may have found what could be the first image of a planet outside our solar system
Susan Tereby made the discovery of this possible planet while studying a binary star system in Taurus. This possible planet has been given the name TMR-1C. TMR-1C is 450 light years from Earth. The mass of TMR-1C is estimated to be 2-3 times the mass of Jupiter.
Dr. Ed Weiler, Director of the Origins Program at NASA Headquarters, said, "We are sharing this preliminary data with the public at a very early stage in the research process because of its potential importance and because of the compelling nature of the image. If the planet interpretation stands up to the careful scrutiny of future observations, it could turn out to be the most important discovery by Hubble in its 8 year history."
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