Directly Imaged Planet Resources in the Exoplanet Archive

This page describes the resources available in the 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, either in reflected light from their host star or in thermal emission, that they can be observed directly, usually after careful removal of the starlight. Go here for further details.

Confirmed Planets

Planets discovered via direct imaging which meet the Archive's exoplanet criteria are included in the Confirmed Planets table. To see only the planets discovered by imaging, enter Imaging in the filter box under Discovery Method. The available parameters in the Confirmed Planets table are determined by what is published in the discovery and follow-up papers. For imaged planets, these are usually the planet properties, typically including, at minimum, the semi-major axis and planet mass, and the stellar properties, usually, at minimum, the distance to the host star and the stellar mass.

Contributed Data

We invite the exoplanet community to contribute their final planet discovery images to the 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.

Additional Links

Last updated 27 April 2016