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Latest OGLE-2005-BLG-390L Stories

2006-01-25 13:15:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- A new planet-hunting technique has detected the most Earth-like planet yet around a star other than our sun, raising hopes of finding a space rock that might support life, astronomers reported on Wednesday. "This is an important breakthrough in the quest to answer the question 'Are we alone?"' said Michael Turner of the National Science Foundation. "The team has discovered the most Earth-like planet yet, and more importantly, has demonstrated the...

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2006-01-25 12:35:00

NASA -- Using an armada of telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found the smallest planet ever detected around a normal star outside our solar system. The extrasolar planet is five times as massive as Earth and orbits a red dwarf, a relatively cool star, every 10 years. The distance between the planet, designated OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, and its host is about three times greater than that between the Earth and the Sun. The planet's large orbit and its dim parent star make its...