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A new eye on distant worlds

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  00:06:00  2015  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

In operation since June 2014, the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE), attached to one of the four mirrors of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, was designed for the direct observation of extrasolar planets. Light reflected by exoplanets is much fainter than that of their neighboring stars, making direct detection very difficult. SPHERE combines a number of technologies to obtain extremely high-contrast images in the area around the star to identify these weak glows.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon) DELHAYE Claude (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Director : BAKER Nicolas (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Audiovisual processReal shots and fast-motion images. Use of spatial images. Use of archive images and animations.
Voice over and interviews (live sound). Musics.
PersonnalitiesMOUILLET David(IPAG, UMR CNRS et Univ. Joseph Fourier, Grenoble); FUSCO Thierry(LAM, UMR CNRS et Univ. Aix-Marseille)
NotesCette vidéo a été réalisée à partir d'extraits du film "Voir de nouvelles terres : S.P.E.RE" réalisé par Claude Delhaye et Christophe Gombert.
IPAG : Institut de planétologie et astrophysique de Grenoble.
LAM : Laboratoire d'astrophysique de Marseille.


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Technical Sheet
Item No.4504
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
LaboratoryUMR7326 ; UMR5274