Monday, November 19, 2012

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Astronomers snap a picture of a nearby exoplanet!

I have pretty big and exciting news: another exoplanet has been directly seen in a picture taken by astronomers! We know of well over 800 planets, but fewer than a dozen have actually been seen in photos. Planets are dim and stars bright, making this a very difficult observation.

Today astronomers announced a new addition to a very exclusive club: an actual, direct picture of a planet orbiting another star! The newly discovered planet is called Kappa Andromedae b, or κ And b f...

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