Exocast-44c: Can we ever image the surface of an exoplanet?

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On this episode we ask the question: Can we ever image the surface of an exoplanet?

Once we get all the definitions out of the way, like ‘what do we mean by map?’ and ‘what do we mean by surface?’, we take a deep dive into the realm of instrumentation to discuss the possibilities and limitations of our upcoming and near-future exoplanet imaging technologies.

We touch on some of the avenues that astronomers & engineers already thought about to do this, consider if it’s technologically feasible that we might be able to return images of the surface of another world, and try and understand the drivers behind why we want to do this in the first place.

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