Latest in Science

Image credit:

Here's your clearest look yet at an alien planet in motion

23 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

That pixelated dot you see above may not seem like much, but it's a pretty big deal -- it's your best look yet at an alien world. Scientists have used the Gemini Planet Imager to capture the movement of Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant traveling around a star 60 light years away. That's no mean feat when the exoplanet is about a million times fainter than its host, requiring that the Imager block the star's light and compensate for the distortion of Earth's atmosphere. The visuals are important beyond bragging rights, we'd add, since they'll provide more insight regarding both the planet's composition and its relationship to nearby objects. Although it's going to be a long, long while (if ever) before you get clearly recognizable snapshots of an exoplanet, this abstract imagery has more than enough to keep scientists busy.

[Image credit: M. Millar-Blanchaer/Dunlap Institute, F. Marchis/SETI Institute]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
23 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
One of Linux's most important commands had a glaring security flaw

One of Linux's most important commands had a glaring security flaw

View
New leak shows Google’s Nest Mini comes with a wall mount

New leak shows Google’s Nest Mini comes with a wall mount

View
Harley-Davidson suspends LiveWire production over a charging glitch

Harley-Davidson suspends LiveWire production over a charging glitch

View
Uber lays off employees from Eats, self-driving cars and other teams

Uber lays off employees from Eats, self-driving cars and other teams

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr