First 3D picture of star-planet VLBA

Astronomers discovered a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a nearby star, one of a binary pair, by accurately following a minuscule, nearly undetectable wobble in its journey across space

the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), they were able to determine the whole 3-dimensional structure of the orbits of a binary pair of stars and a planet orbiting one 

According to the astronomers, this achievement can bring vital new insights into the process of planet creation.

more than 5,000 extrasolar planets have been detected, only three have been discovered utilising the technique used to make this finding, known as astrometry.

the 3D architecture of a binary-star system with a planet "cannot be performed with other exoplanet detection approaches," according to Salvador Curiel of Mexico's National Autonomous University .

most stars are in binary or multiple systems, understanding systems like this one will help us understand planet formation in general," Curiel explained.

The two stars, known as GJ 896AB, are around 20 light-years apart from Earth, making them close neighbours by astronomical standards.

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