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An anonymous reader writes "Exoplanetary science has reached a fever pitch with indications from Kepler of other Earth-like planetary bodies in the universe. But Kepler's technology, though hardy, is already old. Kepler relies on observations of diminished starlight during planetary crossings. No light is detected from the planet itself. Over the last decade astronomers have been looking to direct observation to capture photons directly from planets. The challenge is obvious: how do you mask its sun? But the solutions are far from straightforward. This story follows a team of direct observers as they search the skies using the Hale telescope outfitted with machinery to image faint planets from hundreds of light years away."
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The Glare of Other Suns

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