Kevin (erf_) wrote,
Kevin
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WE HAVE A VISIBLE LIGHT IMAGE OF A PLANET OUTSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.

Granted, the planet is so far away and there's so much visual noise (even after filtering) that the image is a 3 pixel by 3 pixel red dot. The planet probably isn't even actually red, up close; red shift and all that.

But still! It's a photo! Of an exoplanet! And not an infrared photo or an x-ray photo or mathematically implied existence from a photo, but an actual honest-to-goodness visual image. Newspaper reporters are apparently disappointed, but I'm excited enough to be jumping up and down.

Also: Water ice on Mars! (From up close!) Caves on Mars! Old news for some of you, but wow.
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