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A giant planet lurks in the dust and debris surrounding a young, nearby star — and astronomers have finally seen it in action.

Using the Very Large Telescope in Chile, astronomers took infrared images of the planet in two different positions around its star in 2003 and late 2009.

“It’s so exciting that we can see it,” said astronomer Paul Kalas of the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the new work. “We’ve been looking a long time.”
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Edited by lordikon - 6/10/10 at 11:38am
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Wow didn't know we had land based telescopes that could pick up planets.
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they are picking up the inferred signicher of the planet thats all you are seeing there
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Wow didn't know we had land based telescopes that could pick up planets.
Well, it's Very Large, after all.
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they are picking up the inferred signicher of the planet thats all you are seeing there
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Well, it's Very Large, after all.
But still I'm impressed we can see planets in other solar systems from land based scope's.
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Whomever came up with the name "Very Large Telescope" deserves an award.

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The planet weighs in between six and 12 times the mass of Jupiter, similar to the models’ predictions. It orbits its star at about the orbit of Saturn, between 8 and 13 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, making it the closest planet to a star ever imaged. It also means the planet makes a complete circuit around its star every 17 to 30 Earth years, well within human lifetimes.
Um, I think I know why we can see it from a land telescope. The thing is huge.
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Wow, 64 light years away and it is that young(relatively), that is insane, I mean, it could potentially not have formed it's terrestrial planets yet. That is insane that such activity is happening so close to us.
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Wow, 64 light years away and it is that young(relatively), that is insane, I mean, it could potentially not have formed it's terrestrial planets yet. That is insane that such activity is happening so close to us.
That's insane to you? I'm not trying to be a condescending dick or anything but; it is the universe. Stuff that's beyond human comprehension and understanding happens out there. I'm blown away by the fact that we somehow live on a floating rock in an unfathomable void with other planets that are so large we could fit into them thousands of times over.

The universe is a mindboggling place.
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Just did some quick checking and at the max speed of the VASMIR (~300km/s) it would take around 128,000 years to get to that star distance wise. Doesn't factor in stars moving or anything since I haven't the slightest how that would effect the calculation.

Would love for VASMIR to be doing some work right about now... I'm looking at you NASA. Don't you let numnuts cancel this.
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