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8 years 11 months ago #72760 by ei5fk
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Astronomers have taken what may the first picture of a planet orbiting a star similar to the sun.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,422846,00.html

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8 years 11 months ago #72766 by Seanie_Morris
Seanie_Morris replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
Fianlly, yet I am feeling a little underwhelmed. The picture doesn't seemt o do the venture any justice really. There's a lot of filtering going on in that photo what with the diffraction colouring in the outer star's light. Doesn't seem, well, 'real'.

Seanie.

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Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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8 years 11 months ago #72772 by dmolloy
dmolloy replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
Enhanced or not, Seanie. I expect it is real. It is not unusual to enhance Astronomic photos...After all some of our most famous astro photos are false colour images......Just think, 20 years ago this would have been impossible.


declan:)

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #72777 by Frank Ryan
Frank Ryan replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
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Seanie, I suspect your joshin' with us!

If this is real then what a result!
Some people get misty eyed when they talk about
the great times of the old space race and the moon
missions.
lads,
we are living in a time when other planets are now
being found at a crazy rate coz we finally figured out how to look for 'em.
It's only a matter of time before we find a 'Goldilocks'
planet and boy how cool will that be!

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #72778 by Frank Ryan
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My Astrophotography
Shannonside Astronomy Club __________________________________________
Meade ETX-125PE, Bresser 10 x 50 Binos & Me Peepers
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8 years 11 months ago #72781 by Keith g
Keith g replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
I've just read about this on Universe Today, I too feel a little underwhelmed, but there will be more studies to confirm....

Watch this space...

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson

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8 years 11 months ago #72793 by JohnONeill
JohnONeill replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
Hi,

A very strange planet. About 300 A.U. from its dim parent star and still very hot at 1800K. Mass is estimated to be about 8 MJ.

The theorists are going to have a field day!

John

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8 years 11 months ago #72815 by Seanie_Morris
Seanie_Morris replied the topic: Re:First Photo of Planet Around Distant Star
Declan,
don't get me wrong, I know enhancement of images from the depths of space is needed to bring out detail, but for some reason, I just can't get my head around that visually in the photo here the star is so overwhelmingly enhanced, yet the planet is a perfect dot not so far away. It just doesn't look right, let alone real!

Frank,
I was serious! B)

Keith,
thanks for backing me up... :evil:

Seanie.

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Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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