Astronomers Spot Two New Jupiter-Sized Planets Orbiting Twin Stars - Many stars are part of binary systems, which are twin stars that form out of the same gas cloud. Yet these two-star systems often don't have planets. Now, for the first time, two stars of a binary system are both found to host a "hot Jupiter" exoplanet.
2M1207b: The first exoplanet directly imaged and the first discovered orbiting a brown dwarf. It is a Jupiter-like planet, 5 times more massive than Jupiter. It orbits the brown dwarf at a distance 55 times larger than the Earth to the Sun, nearly twice as far as Neptune is from the Sun. #astronomy #ESO #VLT