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Submission Lowest mass exoplanet ever directly imaged. Probably.

The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers announced today that they have taken a direct image of the lowest mass exoplanet ever seen. HD 95086 b has a mass about 4 — 5 times that of Jupiter, and orbits a star 300 light years away that is slightly more massive and hotter than the Sun. The planet is not 100% confirmed, but it appears very likely to be real. If so, it's a hot gas giant, still cooling from its formation less than 20 million years ago. The picture, taken in the infrared, clearly shows the planet, making it one of fewer than a dozen such planets seen in actual telescopic images.
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Lowest mass exoplanet ever directly imaged. Probably.

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Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.