View Full Version : First Direct Images of Planets Around Other Stars

11-14-2008, 12:18 PM

Astronomers have taken what they say are the first-ever direct images of planets outside of our solar system, including a visible-light snapshot of a single-planet system and an infrared picture of a multiple-planet system.

Earth-like worlds might also exist in the three-planet system, but if so they are too dim to photograph.

The other newfound planet orbits a star called Fomalhaut, which is visible without the aid of a telescope. It is the 18th brightest star in the sky.

The massive worlds, each much heftier than Jupiter (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/071108-hot-planets.html) (at least for the three-planet system), could change how astronomers define the term "planet," one planet-hunter said...

Very cool. I can't wait until they launch the next-gen space telescopes that can see the smaller planets.