Gliese 876
Extrasolar planet orbiting a red dwarf
Gliese 876
Located some 15 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius, Gliese 876 is a red dwarf star with a planetary system around it. All of the four known planets, which are giants, orbit the central star very closely, at a distance inside or comparable to the orbit of Mercury around our Sun. In this cover image for Sky & Telescope, I show the innermost planet passing close to the star, as seen from the more distant one.
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Title: Gliese 876

Category: Exoplanets

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2005

Client: Sky & Telescope

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Gliese 876 exoplanet gas giant planet red dwarf ring satellite star starspot
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