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UC Berkeley Astronomers Lead Hubble Team in Capturing First Optical Photos of Exoplanet
November 13, 2008
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Hundreds of exoplanets have been inferred from the wobble of a star and infrared images of purported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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