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Goucher Physics and Mathematics alum Brendan Hagan ('10) takes part in a ground-breaking discovery

Release date: October 07, 2011

Of the roughly 2000 planets that have been found around other stars, only a handful have been directly imaged, because planets are incredibly faint compared to their parent stars.  However, Goucher Physics and Mathematics alum Brendan Hagan ('10) and Dr. Remi Soummer at the Space Telescope Science Institute have perfected a new technique to find planets buried deep within Hubble Space Telescope images of the parent stars.  Their first result has just been published in The Astrophysical Journal with a special world-wide NASA press release made yesterday.  They are now turning their attention to more than 400 other stars that have been imaged by the space-borne telescopes since 1998.  For more details on this ground-breaking discovery, please visit press releases from Space Telescope Science Institute at http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2011/29/ and NASA at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/elusive-planets.html.