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Direct Imaging: The Next Big Step in the Hunt for Exoplanets

The hunt for planets around other stars is gaining speed. NASA's Kepler Space Telescope revealed more than 4,600 planetary candidates over its brief lifetime. But what does the future hold for exoplanets? When almost 350 exoplanet scientists gathered in Hawaii earlier this month, Space.com asked several of them what they were most looking forward to. Many expressed enthusiasm over the progress made in the field of direct imaging.

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