GRAVITY instrument breaks new ground in exoplanet imaging

The GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has made the first direct observation of an exoplanet using optical interferometry. This method revealed a complex exoplanetary atmosphere with clouds of iron and silicates swirling in a planet-wide storm. The technique presents unique possibilities for characterising many of the exoplanets known today.

This artist’s impression shows the observed exoplanet, which goes by the name HR8799e.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1905a
Type:Artwork
Release date:27 March 2019, 12:00
Related releases:eso1905
Size:5000 x 3125 px

About the Object

Name:HR 8799e
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Distance:130 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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