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New Exoplanet Hunter Directly Images Alien Worlds

A sophisticated exoplanet-hunting instrument, attached to one of the most powerful telescopes in the world, has opened its infrared eye for the first time.

January 7, 2014
10:30 AM EST
Gemini Planet Imager's 'first light' image of the light scattered by a disk of dust orbiting the young star HR4796A. | GPI/Gemini/Marshall Perrin, Space Telescope Science Institute
Comparison of Europa observed with Gemini Planet Imager in K1 band on the right and visible albedo visualization based on a composite map made from Galileo SSI and Voyager 1 and 2 data (from USGS) on the left. | GPI/Gemini/Marshall Perrin, Space Telescope Science Institute and Franck Marchis SETI Institute