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Planetary RadioOctober 6, 2015

Imaging Hot Young Jupiters

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Franck Marchis head shot
Franck Marchis

Senior Planetary Astronomer, SETI Institute & Chief Scientific Officer, Unistellar

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.

51 Eridani b (artist's conception)

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.
51 Eridani b

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.

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As of 1980, how many planets had been orbited? And how many have been orbited by 2015?

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Who was the only woman to perform a solo space flight?


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What word generally refers to three celestial bodies in a line? (Bruce thinks it’s a funny word.)


Syzygy is a word for three celestial objects in a straight line.

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