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Scientists Reveal "cousin" Solar System


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Scientists reveal "cousin" solar system

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"Scientists announced on Tuesday the discovery of a fifth planet in a

distant star system that now looks like a 'cousin' to our own. Known

as 55 Cancri, the sun-like star harbors the most number of planets

ever discovered outside our solar system. 'We now know that our sun

and its family of planets is not unusual,' study team member Geoffrey

Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley told reporters in a

teleconference. ... Four of the planets had been previously detected,

but the existence of the fifth planet took 18 years to confirm. It is

about 45 times more massive than Earth and might be similar to Saturn

in its composition and appearance." (11/06/07)



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