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A star in a 15.2-year orbit around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way
Ten years of high-resolution astrometric imaging allow us to trace two-thirds of the orbit of the star currently closest to the compact radio source (and massive black-hole candidate) Sagittarius A* and show that the star is on a bound, highly elliptical keplerian orbit around Sgr A*.
A giant planet candidate near a young brown dwarf - Direct VLT/NACO observations using IR wavefront sensing
We present deep VLT/NACO infrared imaging and spectroscopic observations of the brown dwarf 2MASSWJ 1207334−393254, obtained during our on-going adaptive optics survey of southern young, nearby
NAOS-CONICA first on sky results in a variety of observing modes
The Adaptive Optics NIR Instrument NAOS-CONICA has been commissioned at the VLT (UT4) between November 2001 and March 2002. After summarizing the observational capabilities of this multimode
A Giant Planet Imaged in the Disk of the Young Star β Pictoris
It is shown that the ~10-million-year-oldβ Pictoris system hosts a massive giant planet, β Pictoris b, located 8 to 15 astronomical units from the star, which confirms that gas giant planets form rapidly within disks and validates the use of disk structures as fingerprints of embedded planets.
NAOS, the first AO system of the VLT: on-sky performance
NAOS is the first adaptive optics system installed at the VLT 8m telescopes. It was designed, manufactured and tested by a french Consortium under an ESO contract, to provide compensated images to
Giant Planet Companion to 2MASSW J1207334-393254
We report new VLT/NACO imaging observations of the young, nearby brown dwarf 2MASSW J1207334-393254 and its suggested planetary mass companion (2M1207 b). Three epochs of VLT/NACO measurements
A companion to AB Pic at the planet/brown dwarf boundary
We report deep imaging observations of the young, nearby star AB Pic, a member of the large Tucana-Horologium association. We have detected a faint, red source $5.5''$ South of the star with JHK
The Arches Cluster: Evidence for a Truncated Mass Function?*
We have analyzed high-resolution, adaptive optics HK observations of the Arches cluster obtained with NAOS-CONICA. With a spatial resolution of 84 mas, the cluster center is uniquely resolved. From
The near-infrared spectral energy distribution of β Pictoris b
A gas giant planet has previously been directly seen orbiting at 8-10 AU within the debris disk of the ~12 Myr old star {\beta} Pictoris. The {\beta} Pictoris system offers the rare opportunity to
A planet on an inclined orbit as an explanation of the warp in the β Pictoris disc
We consider the deformation that has recently been observed in the inner part of the circumstellar disc around f3 Pictoris with the HST. Our recent ground-based, adaptive optics coronographic