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Direct Imaging

(detection/observation of exoplanets by taking pictures of it)

Direct Imaging is a method of discovering and observing Extra-Solar Planets, but can be done only for nearby stars, planets orbiting far from their stars (e.g., many AU), and hot (bright) planets and/or cool stars, e.g., Brown Dwarves. Planets have been observed and discovered using this technique, e.g., around HR 8799.

Direct imaging is considered a great advantage in spotting some types of Biosignatures, such as any in the "shine" of the planets.

The term direct imaging also comes into use for other challenging-to-image objects such as Protoplanetary Disks.


(exoplanets)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methods_of_detecting_exoplanets

Referenced by:
Atmospheric Model
Coronagraph
Extreme Adaptive Optics (ExAO)
Exosatellite
Extra-Solar Planet
Exo-S
HabEx
HD 209458 b
HR 8799
PALMS
Photometry
Protoplanetary Disk (PPD)
PSF Fitting
Red Dwarf
Speckle Suppression
SPECULOOS
James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
WFIRST

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