Astronomers conduct first remote reconnaissance of another solar system

Astronomers conduct first remote reconnaissance of another solar system.

This image of the HR 8799 planets was taken with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. The star is at the center of the blackened circle in the image. The four spots indicated with the letters b through e are the planets. This is a composite image using 30 wavelengths of light and was obtained over a period of 1.25 hours on June 14 and 15, 2012

 

 

I’d go so far as to liken the HR 8799 system to being the first long range sensor scan, albeit not as detailed as any given sci-fi would demand.

Somewhere, Gene Roddenberry is grinning ear to ear.

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