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November 30, 2011

Historic Photo of Another Galaxy

A New Zealand man was Monday being hailed as the first amateur photographer to capture an image of another solar system, after he photographed the star Beta Pictoris using a 10-inch (25cm) telescope at his home in Auckland. The photo shows the protoplanetary disk surrounding the star. The disk represents a developing solar system, and the material inside the disk could develop into planets and asteroids. Maybe if we have the equipment, we can do the same.


Posted by hanwen at November 30, 2011 12:26 AM


This is fascinating. It makes me wonder if we will ever learn how other solar systems function, and how the compositions of planets and stars in other solar systems compare to our own. After all, in a different solar system there could be a planet perfectly distanced from a star just like Earth to create habitable conditions.

Posted by: drdod at November 30, 2011 11:44 AM

thats really cool, too bad Ann Arbor has too much light pollution and we can't do this easily at Angell Hall

Posted by: dhupp at November 30, 2011 12:05 PM

this is interesting because it can in a way allow us to see back in time since it is far away. Also, it can give a reason to the formation of our own solar system.

Posted by: aguneet at November 30, 2011 09:35 PM

Wow, that's really inspiring. It must have taken a lot of patience to find a solar system that he would be able to photograph with such a small telescope. Also, I think that it would be really cool to take a photograph like that and be the first to have the picture of the solar system.

Posted by: nzingas at November 30, 2011 10:18 PM

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