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Astronomers Use Innovative Technique To Find Extrasolar Planet
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ASTRONOMERS USE INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE TO FIND EXTRASOLAR PLANET
An international team of professional and amateur astronomers, using
simple off-the-shelf equipment to trawl the skies for planets outside
our solar system, has hauled in its first "catch." The astronomers
discovered a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a Sun-like star 600
light-years from Earth in the constellation Corona Borealis. The team,
led by Peter McCullough of the Space Telescope Science Institute in
Baltimore, Md., includes four amateur astronomers from North America
This artist's impression shows a dramatic close-up of the extrasolar
planet, called XO-1b, passing in front of a Sun-like star 600
light-years from Earth. The Jupiter-sized planet is in a tight four-day
orbit around the star.
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