Following the 2008 discovery of the first images of Jupiter-like planets outside our Solar System, scientists have been pushing the technical boundaries toward imaging Earth-like planets. In collaboration with Dr. Christian Marois, a new generation of highly efficient coronagraphs (blocking the star but not planet light) has been invented, providing up to 100 times better sensitivity than previous technology. These advancements will quite possibly enable the discovery of life on another planet.

Tags: Engineering, Space & the Universe