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Discovering and Imaging Alien Worlds

18 May 2014, 01:02 UTC
Discovering and Imaging Alien Worlds
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Seeing a Distant World from Earth

Beta Pictoris b (the small white dot to the lower right of its star (Beta Pictoris) is a giant planet - several times larger than Jupiter, and is approximately ten million years old. These near-infrared images (1.5-1.8 microns) show the planet glowing in infrared light from the heat released in its formation. The bright star Beta Pictoris is hidden behind a mask in the center of the image....Read Full Post

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