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Fraser
2011-Oct-07, 03:20 PM
As the number of discovered extrasolar planets grows, astronomers begin looking at the next step: finding rocky Earth-like planets. In addition, astronomers would ideally like to block out the parent star and detect some of the reflected glow from the planet’s atmosphere in an attempt to characterize the chemical makeup. But what would an “Earth-like” [...]

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Middenrat
2011-Oct-08, 01:42 AM
Can anyone help with a caption for the photograph please?

Jeff Root
2011-Oct-08, 04:16 AM
The dot in the circle is Earth. The image was made by Voyager 1
after it was beyond the orbit of Neptune. Kai Yeves uses part of
that image as her avatar. The red line is probably stray light in
the instrument, which shows up because the brightness has been
enhanced so much in order to show the Earth.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Middenrat
2011-Oct-08, 04:23 AM
Oooh. Aah. Thanks, Maestro.