Reconnaissance of other Solar Systems
February 5, 2014
An advanced telescopic imaging system that started taking data this year is the first of its kind capable of not only spotting planets orbiting other stars, but also analyzing the chemistry of their atmospheres. The collaborative set of high-tech instrumentation and software, called Project 1640, is now operating on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California after more than six years of development. Join Curator and Chair of the Astrophysics Department, Ben R. Oppenheimer, as he discusses the first remote reconnaissance of another solar system.
Read more about Project 1640 on the Museum's Research page.
Watch one of the Museum's Science Bulletins on Project 1640.
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