Astronomers have officially taken the first direct snapshot of an alien planet from an Earth-based 8-meter telescope located at the Gemini Observatory. The image was captured using high-resolution adaptive technology at the observatory, and was confirmed by two identical telescopes located at Mauna Kea, Hawaii and Cerro Pachon in northern Chile.
The planet was actually discovered back in 2008, however astronomers weren't sure if the celestial body in question was actually orbiting the assumed parent star, or if it just happened to be in the right place at the right time when the original image was captured--a possible trick in alignment.
"Our new observations rule out this chance alignment possibility, and thus confirms that the planet and the star are related to each other," said astronomer David Lafreniere. The new world--measuring eight times the mass of Jupiter--orbits a star approximately 500 light-years away in a group of young stars called the Upper Scorpius Association. The host star isn't quite as large as our own sun, measuring just 85-percent of Sol's overall mass.
But even if mankind were to harness Black Hole technology and make a surprise visit, the alien world wouldn't welcome us with vegetation and clear waters. Astronomers estimate the planet's temperatures to reach over 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, making it hotter than our own colorful gas giant with the big red eye, Jupiter. Apparently the alien world won't cool down to Jupiter levels for another few billion or so years.