Monday, June 16, 2008

M class planet, anyone?

Astronomers have identified scores of new exoplanets (planets outside our solar system).

The exoplanets other the past decade have tended to be very large and very close to their stars, due to a selection bias in the detection method. With each new round of planets, astronomers move away from this bias, bringing us closer and closer to detecting an Earth-sized planet at a reasonable distance from a star.

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