New Exoplanet Travel Poster Honors the ‘Firsts’

New Exoplanet Travel Poster Honors the ‘Firsts’

A new exoplanet poster was unveiled in Washington D.C. at JPL’s 20th anniversary of exoplanets celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum. The poster represents all of the ‘firsts’ in discovering the first exoplanet. Of course 51 Peg B was the breakthrough ‘first exoplanet’, a hot-Jupiter in a 4 day orbit around a Sun-like star, found by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the University of Geneva. But with every first there’s an asterisk – the first exoplanets some say were discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992 around the pulsar PSR 1257. Then there’s Gamma Cephei Ab, a planet announced in 1989 by Gordon Walker and a Canadian team, but was retracted in 1992 due to insufficient evidence, then later confirmed by an independent group in 2002. HD 114762 b was discovered in 1989 by David Latham (Harvard/CfA) but was reported as a probable brown dwarf, then later confirmed to be an exoplanet. Phew! Now you can appreciate the design of this poster. 

High resolution images of the poster can be found here.

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Exoplanets 20th Anniversary – JPL Celebration in D.C.

Exoplanets 20th Anniversary – JPL Celebration in D.C.

JPL hosted a celebration at the National Air and Space Museum to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first exoplanet found around another (main-sequence) star. Many scientists, engineers, managers and students that have been involved in exoplanets gathered to watch a premiere of JPL’s short film on 20 years of exoplanets.

Here are some fancy pictures from the event (click on one for slideshow):

Here are some snapshots of the film viewing, hosted by Sara Seager (MIT) and Scott Gaudi (Ohio State). Apologies for the old-iphone-quality photos. A lot of the scientists that discovered the first exoplanets were in attendance and recognized. The movie short was fantastic, it will be posted on JPL’s website soon.