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Microlensing Exoplanet Detection Illustration

Microlensing Exoplanet Detection Illustration

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Microlensing Exoplanet Detection Illustration
Star gravity makes space bend near it. When a star passes in front of another star, it bends the distant starlight like a lens, making it brighter. If the lensing star has an exoplanet, it acts like another lens, making the star even brighter.

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