Credit: Rick Peterson
W.M. Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
It is all over the news now that Hubble took a snapshot of an extrasolar planet. It is the first time an optical snapshot is taken of a planet outside our own solar system. As usual when we discuss space activities there are ground segments supporting spacecrafts and satellites. Adding to the wonderful images taken by Hubble, ground based telescopes fill in with more information from their observations. Like the gorgeous Keck observatory on Hawaii seen on the image above.
Credit: Christian Marois and Bruce Macintosh
As shown on the image above there appear to be three planets orbiting around the young Fomalhaut star. I guess NASA operate with only one due to the size of the planets. The others are too small to be called a planet in our solar system. Remember Pluto loosing its status as a planet? Well!