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Distant planets

A handout image received April 5, 2005 from the University of Jena and the European Space Observatory ( ESO) shows the first photograph of a planet (B) beyond our solar system and the star, GQ Lupi (A) around which it orbits. The planet is thought to be one to two times as massive as Jupiter, according to the scientists who imaged it. It orbits a star similar to a young version of our Sun. Reuters

Dazzling distant galaxies

An artistic sampling of some far-away worlds.