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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Astronomy Tuesday, um, Wednesday

Another image that may not be terribly striking to look at, but which is jawdropping all the same.

The two bright spots indicated by the arrows are planets, orbiting a star called TYC 8998-760-1. These infrared images are the first ever taken of planets orbiting another star, taken by the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile. These planets are much larger and farther away from the sun than our own giant planets but the fact that we now have the technology to discover and see such things is an amazement.

Image Credit: ESO, A. Bohn et al.

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