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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 10:08 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced today that they have discovered a Jupiter-class planet orbiting a star 5,000 light years away - the most distant ever found. The planet, called Ogle-TR-56b is important because it's only the second planet ever discovered that passes directly in front of its star, dimming it slightly. More than 100 extrasolar planets have now been discovered. (BBC Article)


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jkmccrann
2005-Nov-03, 04:03 PM
I think the search for extra-solar planets is one of the most important going on right now and hope that there are more discoveries like this in the future with the Kepler mission.

A link to the smallest Exo-Solar Planet discovered.


http://www.planetary.org/news/2005/0613_Scientists_Find_Smallest_Planet_Ever.html