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5 Amazing Exoplanets – The Countdown, Episode 33


Artist's conception of TrES-2b, the darkest known exoplanet.

Artist's conception of TrES-2b, the darkest known exoplanet. (Credit: David A. Aguilar)


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Astronomers Find Most Ancient Planet Yet (Scientific American)

Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light (National Geographic)



Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick

Story advisors: Clara Moskowitz & Michael Moyer

Production assistant: Joss Fong

Producer/editor: Eric R. Olson

Artist's conception of TrES-2b by David A. Aguilar (CfA)

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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