Contact: Daniel Stolte
University of Arizona
Caption: Similar in size and shape to a cough drop, the Apodizing Phase Plate causes light waves coming from a star to interfere with each other, exposing the faint glow of a nearby planet. Shown here is an early version.
Credit: University of Arizona
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