Planets photographed!

Not just ANY planets, but planets outside of our solar system. Planets in another solar system! Observed by the Hubble Space Telescope, the other using other methods.
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Visible and infrared images have been snapped of a planet orbiting a star 25 light-years away.

The planet is believed to be the coolest, lowest-mass object ever seen outside our own solar neighbourhood.

In a separate study, an exoplanetary system, comprising three planets, has been directly imaged, circling a star in the constellation Pegasus.

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And they said it could never be done…

Comments

  1. #1 Bing McGhandi
    November 13, 2008

    It was a matter of time, really. I thought that recently there had been an announcement of an image of an extrasolar planet taken in the infrared? But visible light–that’s something of a grail. What’s the technical difference between finding an exoplanet in the infrared and in visible wavelengths?

  2. #2 JanieBelle
    November 14, 2008

    For one thing, Bing, you can see through dust clouds in the infrared, and considering the amount of dust floating around, that’s a big advantage.