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First discovery of an exoplanet with SPHERE/VLT

6 Jul 2017, 17:43 UTC
First discovery of an exoplanet with SPHERE/VLT ESO/J. Girard (djulik.com)

An international team of astronomers, including members of PlanetS, discovered an exoplanet by direct imaging using SPHERE, an instrument designed and developed by a consortium of 12 European institutes on the Very Large Telescope ESO, based in Chile. The instrument, which corrects in real time the terrestrial atmospheric turbulences and occult the light of the star, allows to take a real “photograph” of the exoplanet. This discovery is published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics this week.

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