Friday, November 14, 2008

Historic First Direct Images of Exoplanets

Two separate announcements yesterday heralded the historic development of direct images being taken of planets orbiting other star systems.

NASA announced the discovery of a large planet orbiting the star Fomalhaut with imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope.

W.M. Keck Observatory, National Research Council Canada, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Meanwhile, another astronomical team announced the discovery and released the image of three planets in the star system HR 8799 using the ground based Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

These are historic developments that we've been awaiting for a long time and are just the opening act in a new spectacular era of discovery.

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