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.
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|27 March 2019, 12:00
|5000 x 3125 px
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