The mysterious object TMR-1C and its protobinaries

Originally suspected to be the first directly detected planet outside our Solar System follow up observations have shown that the object is most likely a background star whose light is has been dimmed and reddened by interstellar dust. Even newer observations have now brought the phantom planet back from oblivion.

It seems that TMR-1C is a protoplanet, located about 1 000 AU from its host stars, which are in the center of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture. However the true nature of TMR-1C is still unclear and needs further investigation.

Credit:

S. Terebey (Extrasolar Research Corp.) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9819f
Type:Observation
Release date:28 May 1998, 19:00
Size:404 x 631 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 04361+2547, TMR-1C
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:450 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Near-IR
1.9 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
K
2.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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