With just one 1.5 metre telescope you can now image your own extrasolar planets

Thursday, April 15, 2010

That's the lesson to take home from this:


That's three massive exoplanets at a huge distance from their parent star (24, 38 and 68 AU) imaged with a lowly 1.5-metre telescope.

The star is called HR8799 and these are not new exoplanets, but the ability for a telescope of this size to be able to aid in observing planets of this type is very nice, since it means that just about any country can contribute to understanding them.

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