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New planet-hunting camera produces best-ever image of an alien planet, says Stanford physicist
May 16, 2014
The hunt for planets in faraway solar systems has taken another step forward with the debut of a new planet-detecting instrument, the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), which has produced the best-ever direct photo of a planet outside our solar system.
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