Scientists Spot First Exoplanet with Visible Light Spectrum

April 23, 2015 4:10 PM

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For the first time in history, astronomers have directly spotted a visible light spectrum bouncing off an exoplanet. This discovery could potentially make it easier for astronomers to discover other distant planets going forward.

The scientists spotted the exoplanet – 51 Pegasi b – using the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher tool on a 3.6-meter telescope located in the European Southern Observatory in Chile. 51 Pegasi b, which was first discovered in 1995, is not the first exoplanet to be discovered by scientists...

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