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100th Extra-Solar Planet Gives Clues To Origins Of Planets

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September 23, 2002
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Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council
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British astronomers, together with Australian and American colleagues, have used the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope [AAT] in New South Wales, Australia to discover a new planet outside our Solar System – the 100th to be detected. The discovery, which is part of a search for solar systems that resemble our own, was recently announced at a conference on "The origin of life" in Graz, Austria. This takes the total number of planets found outside our solar system to 100, and scientists are now seeing a pattern in the orbits, giving clues to how they form.

Sept. 17, 2002 -- British astronomers, together with Australian and American colleagues, have used the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope [AAT] in New South Wales, Australia to discover a new planet outside our Solar System – the 100th to be detected. The discovery, which is part of a search for solar systems that resemble our own, will be announced today (Tuesday) at a conference on "The origin of life" in Graz, Austria. This takes the total number of planets found outside our solar system to 100, and scientists are now seeing a pattern in the orbits, giving clues to how they form.


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Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council. "100th Extra-Solar Planet Gives Clues To Origins Of Planets." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 September 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020923065358.htm>.
Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council. (2002, September 23). 100th Extra-Solar Planet Gives Clues To Origins Of Planets. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020923065358.htm
Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council. "100th Extra-Solar Planet Gives Clues To Origins Of Planets." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020923065358.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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