Saturday, 28 August 2010

Vast Solar System of 7 Planets Found 127 Light Years Away

Astronomers have confirmed the presence of five planets and have tantalising evidence of two more.

The distance of the planets from their parent star follow a regular pattern, similar to that seen in our own solar system.

''We have found what is most likely the system with the most planets yet discovered,'' said Dr Christophe Lovis, who led the European southern Observatory (ESO) scientists.

''This remarkable discovery also highlights the fact that we are now entering a new era in exoplanet research: the study of complex planetary systems and not just of individual planets.

The more planets the greater the chance of life in the Universe.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 28th, 2010.]

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