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Hidden planet found in old Hubble data

By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2009 · Comment icon 3 comments

Image Credit: R Hurt - JPL/NASA
Astronomers have developed a new method for finding extrasolar planets in old Hubble Space Telescope images, the new strategy has been successfully used to find a planet hidden in images taken over 11 years ago. It is thought the same method can be used to discover other previously unseen extrasolar planets in Hubble images.
A new technique has uncovered an extrasolar planet hidden in Hubble Space Telescope images taken 11 years ago.The new strategy may allow researchers to uncover other distant alien worlds potentially lurking in over a decade's worth of Hubble archival data. The method was used to find an exoplanet that went undetected in Hubble images taken in 1998 with its Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer."


Source: MSNBC | Comments (3)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Mysterious Glitch 16 years ago
This is quite interesting... how many telescopes do we have flying out there anyways, also does anyone have a map of where the telescopes are located?
Comment icon #2 Posted by thefinalfrontier 16 years ago
This is quite interesting... how many telescopes do we have flying out there anyways, also does anyone have a map of where the telescopes are located? No maps but Hubble circles the earth at around 600 km above earth,, Once the James Webb telescope gets up there to replace hubble it will make hubble look like a magnifying glass,,
Comment icon #3 Posted by sarah snow 16 years ago
Interesting, thank you


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