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Imaging exoplanets

Over 100 extrasolar planets have been discovered, but astronomers have yet to get their first glimpse of one. Learn why these distant worlds have proven so camera-shy and what astronomers are doing to capture them on film.
The race is on for one of astronomy's most cherished holy grails. Several teams of astronomers are attempting to take the first picture of a true extrasolar planet - one that actually orbits a star. And luck will play a large role in determining who, if anyone, crosses the finish line first. While more than a hundred extrasolar planets have been found, none have been glimpsed directly — they have all been identified by their effects on their host stars' light. The problem with sighting them...

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