PIA09259: Simulating Planet-Hunting in a Lab
 Mission:  Terrestrial Planet Finder
 Instrument:  Coronograph
 Product Size:  840 x 840 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA09259.tif (2.119 MB)
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Three simulated planets -- one as bright as Jupiter, one half as bright as Jupiter and one as faint as Earth -- stand out plainly in this image created from a sequence of 480 images captured by the High Contrast Imaging Testbed at JPL. A roll-subtraction technique, borrowed from space astronomy, was used to distinguish planets from background light. The asterisk marks the location of the system's simulated star.

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