Tuesday, March 22, 2005

First Direct Detection of Light From Extrasolar Planets

For the very first time light from extrasolar planets have been detected.


Cambridge, MA--Two teams of astronomers announced at a press conference today that they have directly detected light from two known planets orbiting distant stars. This discovery opens a new frontier in the study of extrasolar planets. Researchers now can directly measure and compare such planetary characteristics as color, reflectivity, and temperature.