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Project Blue: Blocking starlight to snap our first photos of Earth-like planets

The light of a parent star is a bit of a double-edged sword for exoplanet hunters. Dips in this light as the orbiting bodies pass in front of their stars have revealed the presence of thousands of exoplanets, but at the same time the blinding light makes it impossible to directly photograph the comparably fainter body... well, without some highly advanced technology, that is.
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