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NASA video celebrates the discovery of the 4,000th exoplanet

[embedded content] Thanks to major advances in technology, we’ve now managed to log the existence of more than 4,000 planets outside our solar system. That’s pretty darn impressive, especially when you consider that pre-1992 we couldn’t identify any. To celebrate the recent discovery of the 4,000th exoplanet, as these celestial bodies are called, science-art outreach […]

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Stormy, blistering hot, and full of carbon monoxide: an unfriendly exoplanet

[embedded content] The GRAVITY instrument on the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has observed its first exoplanet, HR8799e. GRAVITY analyzes the composition of distant planets using optical interferometry, which is where signals from different telescopes are combined to see objects in higher resolution that would be possible with any one telescope. […]