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Published on Jan 25, 2017
Yes, we are in the era of watching planets orbit other stars. HR 8799 harbors four super-Jupiters orbiting with periods that range from decades to centuries. Motion interpolation was used on 7 images of HR 8799 taken from the Keck Telescope over 7 years to create this image.
Credits: Video making & motion interpolation: Jason Wang (UC Berkeley) Data analysis: Christian Marois (NRC Herzberg) Orbit determination: Quinn Konopacky (UCSD) Data Taking: Bruce Macintosh (Stanford), Travis Barman (University of Arizona), Ben Zuckerman (UCLA) Funded by: NASA NExSS Data from the W. M. Keck Observatory
We wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.