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Exoplanet PSR B1257+12, the first confirmed exoplanet, orbits a pulsar

Exoplanet PSR B1257+12, the first confirmed exoplanet, orbits a pulsar in this artist’s concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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An artist’s concept of the water world GJ 1214 b

An artist’s concept of the water world GJ 1214 b. Credit: Tyrogthekreeper/Wikimedia Commons

A giant planet loses mass as it orbits beyond the gas disk of the puny white dwarf WDJ0914+1914

A giant planet loses mass as it orbits beyond the gas disk of the puny white dwarf WDJ0914+1914, as seen in this artist’s concept. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

The extremely hot gas giant WASP-76 b is suspected to rain iron from its skies at night, as seen in this artist’s concept. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

The extremely hot gas giant WASP-76 b is suspected to rain iron from its skies at night, as seen in this artist’s concept. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

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SIMP J01365663+0933473, shown here in this artist’s concept, is a massive, nearby exoplanet with a powerful, aurora-generating magnetic field.

SIMP J01365663+0933473, shown here in this artist’s concept, is a massive, nearby exoplanet with a powerful, aurora-generating magnetic field. Credit: Caltech/Chuck Carter; NROA/AUI/NSF

The planet Earth

Earth has abundant life because water exists on its surface. When that ceases to be the case, perhaps as soon as a billion years from now, life will perish and we will have to find another home world. Credit: NASA

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