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First Pictures of Extrasolar Planets Taken

November 24th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

DailyTech – First Pictures of Extrasolar Planets Taken

Beautiful new images reveal our first visual glimpse that other solar systems share planets just like ours does

he new images, developed by NASA and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are the first-ever pictures taken from the visible spectrum, glimpsed by the Gemini North and Keck telescopes on the Mauna Kea mountaintop in Hawaii.  British and American researchers snapped the first ever visible-light pictures of three extrasolar planets orbiting the star HR8799.  HR8799 is about 1.5 times the size of the sun, located 130 light-years away in the Pegasus constellation.  Observers can probably see this star through binoculars, scientists said.

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