A star’s brightness often drowns out a view of its planetary system, but the new optical chip developed by physicists and astronomers at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and the Australian Astronomical Observatory may solve that problem.

This chip is designed for a telescope and gives astronomers a clear view of planets outside our solar system that may support life.

Associate Professor Steve Madden from The Australian National University said in a press release that this chip removes the light from the host star, which leaves a clear image of the planet for astronomers.

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