July 03, 2003
A Home Away from Home?

New Scientist has this article detailing the discovery of a new solar system much more similar to our own:

The latest [solar system] discovery was made with a high-precision spectrograph attached to the 3.9 metre Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales. The planet [found] is approximately twice Jupiter's mass and in an orbit about three-fifths the size of Jupiter's.

Sort of proves a suspicion I've had all along... we've so far found only weird solar systems because that's all we're able to find. Once the techniques improve, I imagine we'll find many many more "normal" solar systems.

Posted by scott at July 03, 2003 01:54 PM

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