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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Planet Detection through Microlensing

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Planet Detection through Microlensing The microlensing process in stages, from right to left. The lensing star (white) moves in front of the source star (yellow) magnifying its image and creating a microlensing event. In the fourth image from the right the planet adds its own microlensing effect, creating the two characteristic spikes in the light curve.


Original image data dated on or about January 1, 2002.


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