Friday, November 14, 2008

Latest image of exo-planet seems to be the real deal

A couple months back, Pound360 posted on a peculiar image scientists believe was the first image of a planet circling an alien star…

(Image courtesy Gemini Observatory)

But that story kind of faded. Maybe it turned out that object in the upper right was not a planet?

Flash forward to this week, we heard news outlets from the radio to the internet and everywhere in between reporting on this…

(Image courtesy NASA)

The New York Times calls this "the first" image of an exoplanet. Pound360 likes the image from a couple of months ago better. We're not sure what this latest image shows us. It looks kind of like the eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings, no?

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.