Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

VisAO takes the first optical image of an exoplanet from the ground

Today the MagAO team, along with our collaborators from the NICI team, published a paper on the extrasolar planet beta Pictoris b. We used our CCD camera VisAO to take a picture of the planet, the first time such a … Continue reading

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Magellan Adaptive Optics first-light observations of the exoplanet β Pic b. I. Direct imaging in the far-red optical with MagAO+VisAO and in the near-IR with NICI

There are a number of factors that have pushed extrasolar planet imagers to work in the infrared. The first is that young planets are very hot, so they are brighter in the infrared. In fact, they become very faint at … Continue reading

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