November 13, 2008
Sleeping in light
The Hubble Space Telescope captures the first image of a planet outside the solar system. Le Monde has a helpful diagram to point out the dot in question: the size of Jupiter, Fomalhaut b is twenty-five light years from Earth.
"There is plenty of empty space between Fomalhaut b and the star for other planets to happily reside in stable orbits.
"We'll probably have to wait for the James Webb Space Telescope to give us a clear view of the region closer to the star where a planet could host liquid water on the surface."
The James Webb Space Telescope infrared observatory will be on line by 2013 at the earliest...
Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 13, 2008 06:25 PM
Sauron has gotten pretty big in his old age. We had better develop some sophisticated space battleships to go out there and give him a hiding.
That's not a planet. That nearby 'burning mass' is Cthugha.