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Photobombing exoplanets might thwart search for extraterrestrial life

It’s frustrating when a stranger photobombs your family photo when you’re on vacation. But when an exoplanet photobombs a space telescope’s image of another exoplanet, it could actually ruin a scientist’s research.

Yes, planetary photobombing is a thing — sort of. For those who don’t know what photobomb means, Merriam-Webster defines it as “to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank.” The catch is that exoplanets aren’t intentionally ruining a photograph, but they might inadvertently do so. 

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