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April 29,2012

A Dangerous Sunrise on Gliese 876d
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    This picture is an artistic interpretation of what a sunrise on a planet orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 876d.  Gliese is believed to be very volcanic and it is believed to rotate very slowly so that there is significant difference between night and day.  Gliese is so exciting to astronomers because it is one of the few extrasolar planets close to its parent star that may possibly be habitable in the future.

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