March 14, 2014
Researchers from the University of Arizona were able to snap images of a planet outside Earth’s solar system, which is referred to as an exoplanet.
While the astronomers used an Earth-based telescope, the technology used is the same kind found in a digital camera instead of an infrared detector, according to Planet Quest.
Jared Males, a NASA Sagan Fellow in the department of astronomy and Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, said this discovery brings the astronomers closer to having the ability to take images of Earth-like Planets in space, Futurity reported. Males is also the lead author of the study, which will be published in The Astrophysical Journal.