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2007-02-10 10:25:00

Beth A. Biller is part of an international team of astronomers trying to tease out images of planets around young stars by removing the distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere. Working in collaboration with scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she is also helping to validate key technologies for Terrestrial Planet Finder, a future mission designed to observe and characterize habitable planets around nearby stars. Extrasolar planets are extremely faint targets to begin with, and...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.