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Ancient Planet Discovered
Topic: New Planets
07/14/03
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the oldest and most distant known planet orbiting two burned-out stars. Its sky location in the constellation Scorpius places the planet as the M4 globular cluster. The discovered world is also the only planet found to orbit around a binary star system.

Similar Solar System at 90 Light Years
Topic: New Planets
07/07/03
Astronomers have found the first sun-like star with a giant gas planet in an orbit similar to Jupiter's. At a distance of 90 light-years, the similar solar system to ours means that this gas giant could attract most of the dangerous impact debris.

Water Worlds
Topic: New Planets
01/02/03
Italian astronomers report on a method for water detection on extrasolar planets and cometary clouds, and their shortlist of candidates with promising initial findings from the 32-meter Medicina radio telescope.

Gravity's Telescope
Topic: New Planets
12/26/02
Using a technique known as "gravitational microlensing", astronomers hope to find planets in Earth-like orbits around stars halfway across the galaxy.

Water Worlds
Topic: New Planets
09/30/02
Italian astronomers report on a method for water detection on extrasolar planets and cometary clouds, and their shortlist of candidates with promising initial findings from the 32-meter Medicina radio telescope.

Shortlisting Stars With Planetary Systems
Topic: New Planets
09/23/02
Markus Landgraf and European Space Agency colleagues explore the first direct evidence of dust rings in our solar system, and propose a novel way to shortlist stars with likely extrasolar planets.

The Lost World?
Topic: New Planets
09/16/02
Twists in the Sun's magnetic field create sunspots, and other stars also exhibit these dark, cooler spots on their surfaces. A new study suggests that starspots on the star HD 192263 may be masquerading as an extrasolar planet.

Lens-Grinders for the Webb
Topic: New Planets
09/10/02
From the Hubble Telescope to the even cooler Webb, a new generation of hot views promise insight into some of the most distant galactic incubators. The chances to image a distant planet may benefit from the enhanced infrared tools available to the next generation of telescopes.

Tuning In to Other Worlds
Topic: New Planets
09/04/02
Some scientists think it may be possible to detect planets beyond our solar system by looking for radio signals generated by same forces that lead to 'Northern Lights'. A team of scientists working on a radio telescope called the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) plan to do just that, by trying to tune in to other worlds.

Gravity's Telescope
Topic: New Planets
08/26/02
Using a technique known as "gravitational microlensing", astronomers hope to find planets in Earth-like orbits around stars halfway across the galaxy.
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