Apodizing Phase Plate (image) 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 Usage Restrictions Usage only in connection with reporting/posting of this news release Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.