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VanderL
2004-May-12, 06:58 PM
At Last!!

Image of an exoplanet
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3707185.stm

If this turns out to be true, it's the first clear image of an exoplanet. Any names ready?

Cheers.

imported_Ziggy
2004-May-12, 07:36 PM
If it is confirmed to be a real picture of a exoplanet. And since it's Jupiter like. I think they should name it JupiterBeta :D .

galaxygirl
2004-May-12, 07:56 PM
Whats the difference between an exoplanet and an extrasolar planet?

imported_Ziggy
2004-May-12, 08:01 PM
Nothing really. There just different names for any planet that is outside the solar system. Currently, about 120of them have been found. All are jupiter-like and some are even 15+ times the size of Jpiter! However, they have only been detected through indirect methods. If the image is real, then it would been the first picture of a planet beyond our solar system.

galaxygirl
2004-May-12, 08:45 PM
Oooo, I get it! :D

But weren't there pictures of an exoplanet in transit of it's sun before?

VanderL
2004-May-12, 08:56 PM
But weren't there pictures of an exoplanet in transit of it's sun before?

Sure, but those were artist's renderings using spectroscopic data.

Cheers.

galaxygirl
2004-May-12, 09:00 PM
:) What I ment was if Hubble ever took photos of a planet in transit?

zephyr46
2004-May-12, 10:54 PM
I reckon we sholud call it, "gottchayabarStard Planet" in honour of the multitude of extra solar planets evading visual observation. :)

Duane
2004-May-13, 12:52 AM
Not pictures Galaxygirl, spectroscopic measurements. This article (http://www.techtv.com/news/culture/story/0,24195,3362447,00.html) from TechTV.com (http://www.techtv.com/techtv/index.html/) explains how it was done.

DippyHippy
2004-May-14, 09:25 PM
Hmmm... interesting... as for a name, following on from zeph's suggestion, I'd like to propose "gotthebugger!!"

VanderL
2004-May-14, 10:04 PM
While looking at the original image I think it wouldn't be impossible to see even smaller planets, let's say Earth-sized and a bit closer to the star.

Also this is seemingly a white dwarf star, how close to such a star would a planet be habitable?

Cheers.

I think we should honour this form and maybe name the planet "Cain's Abel"?

Cheers.