Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Direct Image of Exoplanet GJ 504b

Hey Space Placers!

Pretty amazing that we live in an era when we are discovering planets outside of our own solar system.

Now astronomers have DIRECTLY imaged in an Earth-bound telescope a Jupiter sized planet orbiting a Sun-like star. composite image of  GJ 504

The planet is a dark magneta color and is about 4 times more massive than Jupiter. It is the lowest mass exoplanet ever directly imaged. It will be able to be studied using a variety of instruments which will tell us more about this world.

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