NICMOS Image of HR 8799 Planetary System

NICMOS Image of HR 8799 Planetary System

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News release ID: STScI-2011-29
Release Date: Oct 6, 2011
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is an image of the star HR 8799 taken by Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) in 1998. A mask within the camera (coronagraph) blocks most of the light from the star. In addition, software has been used to digitally subtract more starlight. Nevertheless, scattered light from HR 8799 dominates the image, obscuring the faint planets.

Exoplanets, Hubble Telescope, Observations, Planets, Stars


NASA, ESA, and R. Soummer (STScI)