text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
News
design element
News
News From the Field
For the News Media
Special Reports
Research Overviews
NSF-Wide Investments
Speeches & Lectures
NSF Current Newsletter
Multimedia Gallery
News Archive
News by Research Area
Arctic & Antarctic
Astronomy & Space
Biology
Chemistry & Materials
Computing
Earth & Environment
Education
Engineering
Mathematics
Nanoscience
People & Society
Physics
 

Email this pagePrint this page
All Images


Press Release 08-204
Planetary "First Family" Discovered By Astronomers Using Gemini and Keck Observatories

First direct images of a planetary familly around a normal star observed

Back to article | Note about images

Artist's conception of the multiple planet system, initially discovered with Gemini North optics.

Artist's conception of the multiple planet system, initially discovered with Gemini North adaptive optics images.

Credit: Gemini Observatory Artwork by Lynette Cook


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (30 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Gemini Observatory discovery image using the Altair adaptive optics system on Gemini North.

Gemini Observatory discovery image using the Altair adaptive optics system on the Gemini North telescope with the Near-Infrared Imager. The image shows two of the three confirmed planets indicated as "b" and "c" on the image below: "b" is the ~7 Jupiter-mass planet orbiting at about 70 AU; planet "c" is the ~10 Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the star at about 40 AU. Due to the brightness of the central star, it has been blocked and appears blank in this image to increase visibility of the planets.

Credit: Gemini Observatory


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (16 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.



Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page