posted on Jan, 15 2010 @ 08:28 AM
As it says above scientists have managed it at last but I wouldn't hold my breath for evidence of ET's from the planets light spectrum.
Quote from the site.
The team of astronomers that observed the giant planet were able to do so without looking for an eclipse, instead detecting the planet's light
directly with a ground-based telescope: the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.
"After more than five hours of exposure time, we were able to tease out the planet's spectrum from the host star's much brighter light," said team
member Carolina Bergfors.
Picking out the planet's light is tricky because the host star is several thousand times brighter than the planet.
"It's like trying to see what a candle is made of, by observing it from a distance of two kilometers [1.2 miles] when it's next to a blindingly
bright 300 Watt lamp," said team member Markus Janson of the University of Toronto.
[edit on 15-1-2010 by wmd_2008]