Each cell covers more than a quarter of the star’s diameter and measures about 120 million kilometres across.
These new results are being published this week in the journal Nature.
The first six hexagonal segments for the main mirror of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) have been successfully cast by the German company SCHOTT at their facility in Mainz.
It seems to be the rockiest planet of the seven, and has the potential to host liquid water.
A dark cloud of cosmic dust snakes across this spectacular wide field image, illuminated by the brilliant light of new stars.
The hotter planets closest to their parent star are likely to have dense steamy atmospheres and the more distant ones probably have icy surfaces.
In terms of size, density and the amount of radiation it receives from its star, the fourth planet out is the most similar to Earth.