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Powerful Planet Finder Turns Its Eye to the Sky

07/01/2014

Powerful Planet Finder Turns Its Eye to the Sky

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.
    , The instrument, called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), was designed, built, and optimized for imaging giant planets next to bright stars, in addition to studying dusty disks around young stars. It is the most advanced instrument of its kind to be deployed on one of the world's biggest telescopes – the 26-foot (8-meter) Gemini South telescope in Chile.

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