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First pictures taken of extrasolar planets

In what might amount to an early Christmas present to the universe, two groups of astronomers have taken the first pictures of what they say - and other astronomers agree - are probably planets going around other stars.

The achievement, the result of years of effort on improved observational techniques and better data analysis, presages more such discoveries, the experts said, and will open the door to new investigations and discoveries of what planets are and how they came to be formed.

Full story from New York Times.