The incredible footage, shot by two American stargazers, shows the four gas-based planets as they make their way round the star, dubbed HR 8799, in the constellation of Pegasus.
Each of the massive planets, all larger than Jupiter, take between 40 and 400 Earth-years to complete one orbit of their star, which is believed to be just 30 million years old.
The three-second animation does now show their full orbit, because of the planets distance from the star means it would take 400 years to create the video.
Astronomers have filmed four planets orbiting a star
It’s just really cool that we can watch planets orbit other stars
The star’s image was blocked out of the clip, so that its light doesn’t wash out the view of the planets in motion.
The groundbreaking footage, which took seven years to compile, is believed to be one of the first times a system of exoplanets has been directly imaged.
Dr Christian Marois from Canada and astronomy student Jason Wang, of the University of California, Berkley, then pieced together the images shot at the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii.
The three-second video took seven years to compile
Starting in August 2009, the student began compiling the video by using seven images, which took until the summer of 2016 to take.
“It’s just really cool that we can watch planets orbit other stars, and awesome to see by eye Keplerian motion in action,” Mr Wang said.
With HR 8799 being a relatively young star, the scientists hope to learn more about how planets grow and evolve, and perhaps a glimpse of our what our own planetary neighbourhood was like.
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He added: “It’s just hard to go back billions and billions of years and then rewind time in our own solar system.
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“We rather find it easier to study young star systems like this to understand planet formation.”
This, however, was not the first time the planets had been observed by scientists.
Although their official discovery is cited as 2008, researchers learned afterwards that the planets been spotted in 1998 by the NICMOS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope.