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VLT Captures First Direct Spectrum of an Exoplanet

13 Jan 2010, 11:00 UTC
VLT Captures First Direct Spectrum of an Exoplanet ESO

By studying a triple planetary system that resembles a scaled-up version of our own Sun’s family of planets, astronomers have been able to obtain the first direct spectrum — the “chemical fingerprint” [1] — of a planet orbiting a distant star [2], thus bringing new insights into the planet's formation and composition. The result represents a milestone in the search for life elsewhere in the Universe.

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