Jovian Planet in Globular Cluster M4: Calm Bystander in Stellar Drama

Long before our Sun and Earth existed, or even the Milky Way galaxy, as we know it today, a planet formed around a sun-like star in one of the earliest homesteaders of our corner of the universe, a globular star cluster.

This planet, a few times more massive than Jupiter has survived the harsh conditions of a globular cluster, a gravitational collision with a binary system, and the death of its progenitor star.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0319e
Type:Artwork
Release date:10 July 2003, 20:00
Size:2850 x 1865 px

About the Object

Name:Jovian Planet, Messier 4, NGC 6121
Type:• Milky Way : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
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Distance:5500 light years


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