Wednesday, April 29, 2015
FIRST EXOPLANET VISIBLE LIGHT SPECTRUM
This artist’s view shows the hot Jupiter exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, sometimes referred to as Bellerophon, which orbits a star about 50 light-years from Earth in the northern constellation Pegasus the Winged Horse. This was the first exoplanet around a normal star to be found in 1995. Twenty years later, this object was also the first exoplanet to be be directly detected spectroscopically in visible light.
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