Friday, May 26, 2006

Amateur Team Finds an 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.

I don't anticipate any shortage of extrasolar planets for at least the next, say, few thousand years.


JEFM said...

Let's hope in the next decades... those planets start getting smaller and smaller...



Mac said...

I think we can safely count on it!