Thursday, November 13, 2008

Planets imaged by two different teams

It is a little unbelievable, but today two different teams of astronomers released images of extra-solar planets imaged directly for the first time.

The first image was captured by the Hubble Space telescope of a planet orbiting Fomalhaut. The planet is estimated to be three times the size of Jupiter and is the first direct image in visible light of an extra-solar planet.

The second of today's announcements was from the Gemini Observatory, which released images captured by the Gemini North telescope and W.M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea of two planets circling the star HR 8799, which is approximately 130 light years away.

Truly an amazing day!

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