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Alpha Centauri: A picture of a planet

Alpha Centauri: A picture of a planet

We can all observe the planets and dwarf planets of our solar system through telescopes: even distant Pluto appears in the images of the Hubble Space Telescope Blurred sphere. But can today’s instruments also take pictures of planets orbiting other stars? We now know of more than 4000 such exoplanets. But in most cases they are far from being seen next to the brightest star. So far, their existence has only been indirectly predicted, for example, by the planets darkening their star slightly or shaking it very little as they pass.

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