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UC Berkeley Astronomers Lead Hubble Team in Capturing First Optical Photos of Exoplanet

November 13, 2008

Fomalhaut b Hundreds of exoplanets have been inferred from the wobble of a star and infrared images of purported planets have been published, but a Hubble Space Telescope team, led by the University of California - Berkeley's Paul Kalas, has now obtained the first optical image of a planet. Only 25 light years away, the Jupiter-size planet is like Neptune in that it sculpts the inner edge of a belt of comets and debris, the equivalent of our Kuiper belt. Full Story

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