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University of Toronto

Super-Jupiter Kappa Andromedae

Caption: This is a false color, near-infrared (3.8 micron) image of the Kappa And system. The light from the host star (center) has been removed through image processing. The super-Jupiter, Kappa And b (upper left), has a projected separation of 55 Astronomical Units, about 1.8 times that of Neptune's orbital separation. The speckled pattern surrounding the software-generated mask at the center represents residual noise from the starlight subtraction. The Subaru Telescope in Hawaii captured the image in July 2012.

Credit: Credit: NAOJ/Subaru/J. Carson(College of Charleston)/T. Currie(University Toronto)

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