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Posted: 2008-November-13 at 4:45pm | IP Logged Quote chaos

The first solid detections of exoplanets around normal stars by imaging:

Firstly around the star Fomalhaut (it's always nice to have a star which has a name in these kind of announcements: HD ####### becomes somewhat wearisome after a while), there is a planet orbiting about 115 AU from the star, inside the inner edge of the system's dust disc. It also seems to have a circumplanetary disc (perhaps related to moon-formation), which could make for pretty spectacular views from the planet. Fomalhaut b is the first exoplanet to be seen in visible light.

Secondly, a set of 3 massive planets has been imaged around the star HR 8799, the outermost of which is also associated with the inner edge of a dust disc. This is the first multi-planet extrasolar system to be imaged. (Another HR 8799 press release from a different observatory is here)
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Posted: 2008-November-13 at 6:08pm | IP Logged Quote Voyager

it's nice to see all these achievements in modern astronomy, it's really inspiring

thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 2008-November-14 at 9:10am | IP Logged Quote Re(i)mbrandt

Hello, chaos,

thank You for these info and links. Thatís really exciting. Gives a kind of
Christopher-Kolumbus-Feeling :-)


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Posted: 2008-November-21 at 1:29pm | IP Logged Quote chaos

...and another one, this time around Beta Pictoris.
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