September 15th, 2008

Jupiter

Astro-Image of the Day: Direct photo of alien world!

What we have here is a historic image: This is the first photo of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star outside of our solar system. The object is about 8 times the mass of Jupiter, so still smaller than a star. The odd part of all this is that its presumed orbit is 11 times that of Neptune’s - extremely far away.

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Right now astronomers are calling it "1RXS J160929.1-210524." Um, any better ideas?

Wow!
Chris