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Look: 5 space objects reveal how invisible light illuminates the universe

More than meets the eye.

The universe has many faces.

With a naked eye, we can spot the gold, white, and brassy hues of stars and other objects from our vantage point on Earth.

But visible light illuminates just a fraction of what exists in space.

Telescope data captures the information we can’t see, thanks to its ability to pick up on wavelengths that are invisible to the eye.

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