Detecting solar-system gas giants analogs in reflected light with ELTs
Cool, extrasolar gas giants similar to Jupiter and Saturn in our own Solar System should be detectable by virtue of the light they reflect in the optical and near-infrared with the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) equipped with adaptive optics systems. Broad band imaging or very low-resolution spectra should then enable the characterization of the orbit, mass, atmospheric scattering properties, and presence of large rings in these gas giant analogues.
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