Gemini Planet Imager First Light!

Gemini Planet Imager’s first light image of Beta Pictoris b, a planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. The star, Beta Pictoris, is blocked in this image by a mask so its light doesn’t interfere with the light of the planet. In addition to the image, GPI obtains a spectrum from every pixel element in the field of view to allow scientists to study the planet in great detail. Beta Pictoris b is a giant planet – several times larger than Jupiter – and is approximately ten million years old. These near-infrared images (1.5-1.8 microns) show the planet glowing in infrared light from the heat released in its formation. The bright star Beta Pictoris is hidden behind a mask in the center of the image

Credit:

Processing by Christian Marois, NRC Canada.

About the Image

Id:gemini1401a
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 6, 2014
Related releases:gemini1401
Size:852 x 667 px

About the Object

Name:bet Pic b
Category:Exoplanets

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
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1.64 μmGemini South
GPI