Latest Beta Pictoris Stories

Artist’s impression of the planet Beta Pictoris b
2014-04-30 12:55:00

European Southern Observatory VLT measures the spin of Beta Pictoris b Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have, for the first time, determined the rotation rate of an exoplanet. Beta Pictoris b has been found to have a day that lasts only eight hours. This is much quicker than any planet in the Solar System — its equator is moving at almost 100,000 kilometers per hour. This new result extends the relation between mass and rotation seen in the Solar System to...

Massive Ring Of Carbon Monoxide Discovered In Turbulent Comet Field
2014-03-07 10:10:00

[ Watch the Video: Colliding Comets Hint At Unseen Exoplanet ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA scientists have found evidence of a highly-turbulent comet field circling a star 63 light years from Earth. This cosmic shooting gallery has produced a massive ring of carbon monoxide gas and dust that also encircles the star, according to a new report published in the journal Science. According to the report authors, the comet field is probably the result of either...

2014-03-06 05:10:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy have managed to use an Earth-based telescope to capture images of a world outside of our solar system, according to research scheduled to be published in an upcoming edition of The Astrophysical Journal. The telescope used essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in a standard digital camera instead of an infrared detector, and while the...

Gemini Planet Imager Tracks Down Giant Planet Orbiting Beta Pictoris
2014-01-07 13:47:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The internationally operated Gemini Observatory has announced the start-up of its new Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a device designed to capture images of planets outside our Solar System and probe their atmospheres. The imager, which released its first image on Tuesday, was deployed on the observatory’s 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. "Even these early first-light images are almost a factor of 10 better than the previous...

Olivine Found In Beta Pictoris
2012-10-04 05:20:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory has discovered pristine material that matches comets in our own Solar System in a dust belt around the young star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris is 12 million years old, and resides a short 63 light-years from Earth. A gas giant planet and a dusty debris disc that has the potential to evolve into a torus of icy bodies like those of the Kuiper Belt found outside the orbit of...

Newly Found Ring System Similar To Saturn
2012-01-12 04:11:22

A team of astrophysicists from the University of Rochester and Europe has discovered a ring system in the constellation Centaurus that invites comparisons to Saturn. The scientists, led by Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Eric Mamajek of Rochester and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, used data from the international SuperWASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) and All Sky Automated Survey (ASAS) project to study the light curves of young Sun-like stars in the...

2011-03-05 10:45:00

Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing new observations of the giant planet around ÃŽ² Pictoris. Discovered in 2009, this planet, called ÃŽ² Pictoris b, has now been detected again with the NaCo instrument on the VLT. Astronomers find that the planet is moving around the star. They have also measured the mass and the effective temperature of ÃŽ² Pic b.Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes new high angular resolution observations of the...

2010-11-13 07:55:00

By Dauna Coulter - Science @ NASA Did you know that the Earth has a dust tail? The Spitzer Space Telescope sailed right through it a few months ago, giving researchers a clear idea of what it looks like. That could be a big help to planet hunters trying to track down alien worlds. "Planets in distant solar systems probably have similar dust tails," says Spitzer project scientist Mike Werner. "And in some circumstances these dust features may be easier to see than the planets themselves. So...

2010-10-16 09:45:00

UA astronomers have developed a way to see faint planets previously hidden in their star's glare. The new mode enables scientists to search for planets closer to the star than has been previously possible.Using new optics technology developed at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory, an international team of astronomers has obtained images of a planet on a much closer orbit around its parent star than any other extrasolar planet previously found.The discovery, published online in...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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