Advances in astrophotography continues its onward march. From fleets of interplanetary space probes, to the Hubble Space Telescope and a fleet of additional space telescopes, to a race to build the largest Earth-based telescopes, as well as the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2015, the increasing depth and quality of what our technology enables us to see is really astounding. Today a photo made by the Gemini Planet Imager was released showing a star and a planet orbiting around it from 65 light years away, or more precisely, 370.44 trillion miles away. It may not look like much, but successors to these telescopes and other space-based observatories will only improve on this mostly blue colored photograph. It’s only the beginning.
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