Directly Imaged Planet Resources in the Exoplanet Archive

This page describes the resources available in the NASA Exoplanet Archive for planets discovered by direct imaging.

Technique Overview

The brightness contrast between a star and an orbiting exoplanet is typically so high that any light from the exoplanet is completely swamped by the starlight. However some exoplanets (typically very young, very large, and very far from their host star) are bright enough in thermal emission, or potentially in reflected light with future telescopes, that they can be observed directly, usually after careful removal of the starlight. A more in-depth description is available here.

Direct Imaging Table

Planets discovered via direct imaging that meet the archive's exoplanet criteria are included in the Direct Imaging table. The available parameters in the table are determined by what is published in the discovery and follow-up papers. The full list of available parameters available through the archive are listed on the Direct Imaging Data Column Definitions document.

Contributed Data

We invite the exoplanet community to contribute their final planet discovery images to the NASA Exoplanet Archive in a suitable format, as well as images and accompanying contrast curves for null detections. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing.

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Last updated 10 February 2020