Franck Marchis is on the team that has delivered an actual image of a young, hot world about 100 light years from Earth. We talk with him on the 20th anniversary of the first exoplanet discovery. Emily Lakdawalla reveals spectacular Charon, while Bill Nye and Mat Kaplan compare notes on “The Martian.” What’s a syzygy? Find out from Bruce Betts on What’s Up.
Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute
51 Eridani b (artist's conception)
Artist's rendering of the extrasolar planet 51 Eridani b, a "hot young Jupiter," in near-infrared light.
J. Rameau, University of Montreal / C. Marois, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
51 Eridani b
Discovery image of the extrasolar planet 51 Eridani b as seen in near-infrared light by the Gemini Planet Imager in Chile on December 14, 2014. The bright star at the center, 51 Eridani, has been masked as it is 1 million times brighter than the planet.