Friday, November 14, 2008

Cool, Cool, Cool...

From NASA.org:

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star.

Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis, or the "Southern Fish."

Fomalhaut has been a candidate for planet hunting ever since an excess of dust was discovered around the star in the early 1980s by NASA's Infrared Astronomy Satellite, IRAS.




(Click above for a larger version of the image.)


Read the press release here:

Hubble Directly Observes a Planet Orbiting Another Star

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