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.


NASA/ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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
Distance:5500 light years
Star Clusters

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