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First Photo of Exoplanet

Photo: Brown dwarf and exoplanet

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This 2004 photograph made by the European Southern Observatory shows the first known photo of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The red orb at bottom left is a young planet, similar in composition to Jupiter, orbiting a brown dwarf, a dim, failed star that is probably 42 times less massive than the sun. An infrared camera, which reacts to heat rather than light, shot these photos from a distance of some 230 light-years.
Photograph courtesy ESO/European Organization for Asronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR DELETING WALLPAPER
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  1. From your desktop, click the "My Computer" icon.
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  5. The wallpaper image will remain until the computer is restarted. To delete from view without restarting the computer, right-click anywhere on an open area of the desktop, scroll down and select "Properties." (This will open the "Display Properties" window.) Click on the "Desktop" tab, select a different background and click "OK." This will change your desktop background immediately.

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