#OTD in 2008 we released the first direct image of exoplanet #BetaPictoris b, taken with the now retired NACO instrument at #VLT:
Many more "firsts" enabled by direct images of Beta Pictoris b followed, see below! 👇
📷 ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.
Subsequent NACO observations of Beta Pictoris b allowed astronomers to directly follow, for the first time, the motion of an exoplanet as it moves from one side of its host star to the other.
Read more: eso.org/public/news/es…
📷 ESO/A.-M. Lagrange
Observations continued with SPHERE, another #VLT instrument, which captured an unprecedented series of images showing the passage of #BetaPictoris b around its parent star.
Read more: eso.org/public/images/…
📷 ESO/Lagrange/SPHERE consortium
@ESO I remember the picture of the ẞ pic accretion disc 35 years ago.... That was something really special to see and think about. ❤️