via SCI FI Wire by Scott Edelman on 7/2/10


See that circled dot in the photo above? That’s the first photo ever taken by
a ground-based telescope of a planet outside our solar system—and confirmation
of that has been a long time coming.

Astronomers snapped the picture of the exoplanet, which is eight times the
mass of Jupiter, back in 2008, but it took several years for them to verify that
what they’d found was indeed a planet orbiting a star in the 1RXS
J160929.1-210524 solar system.

 
 

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