Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Image of the Day: More (and bigger) images of the newly discovered alien world

So yesterday, NASA released the first direct photograph of an alien world (see my WOW! post from last night). Turns out one can download a variety of huge, massive versions of the original photograph here - from before scientists identified the planet, Fomalhaut b (could it be Fomalhaut 2 from LeGuin's Rocannon's World?):

Click the image to see the images.

As I wrote in response to a comment yesterday, seeing a photograph of an alien world feels like we're living in the future, or we've pulled aside the curtains of the world that we didn't even know were there, shrouding reality and limiting our sense of the universe. There is no greater pleasure in life than those moments of discovery, of grasping the what-ness of things. Yeah. This is why my post was all Wow!

Tags: astronomy

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