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GRAVITY instrument breaks new ground in exoplanet imaging

27 Mar 2019, 11:00 UTC
GRAVITY instrument breaks new ground in exoplanet imaging ESO

The GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has made the first direct observation of an exoplanet using optical interferometry. This method revealed a complex exoplanetary atmosphere with clouds of iron and silicates swirling in a planet-wide storm. The technique presents unique possibilities for characterising many of the exoplanets known today.

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