Share

News Release Archive:

News Release 40 of 218

October 6, 2011 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-29

Astronomers Find Elusive Planets in Decade-Old Hubble Data

October 6, 2011: In a painstaking re-analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images from 1998, astronomers have found visual evidence for two extrasolar planets that went undetected back then.

Finding these hidden gems in the Hubble archive gives astronomers an invaluable time machine for comparing much earlier planet orbital motion data to more recent observations. It also demonstrates a novel approach for planet hunting in archival Hubble data.

See the rest:

Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Soummer (STScI)