The Intersection

Eye of Sauron

The first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star thanks to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope:

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Planet Fomalhaut b orbits the star Fomalhaut, 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis.

I cannot help but be reminded of Tolkien:

The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat’s, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing.’

Comments

  1. #1 Cecil
    November 13, 2008

    A team using Gemini also announced imaging of planets in another system (HR 8799) today, except they found two!

    http://www.gemini.edu/node/11151

  2. #2 csrster
    November 14, 2008

    Here it’s the _Mote_ in the Eye of Sauron that’s interesting.

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