New Planets Discovered!
Two new (potentially) water-bearing planets have been discovered 35
light years away!
This makes a total of four known planetary systems (263k jpeg) (backup copy).
An article published by Reuters
on 17 January 1996, a bit overzealous with visibility claims, nonetheless tells us:
press release further clarified this (with graphics
For more info about 70 Virginis and 47 Ursae Majoris see:
These results were
announced at an American Astronomical Society
meeting, probably during one of these talks:
The same research team was involved in the confirmation in October 1995 that
51 Pegasi, a star in the Pegasus
constellation, was the
first star (other than the Sun) known to have a planet orbiting around it.
Both that discovery and this one were based on a wobble in the star's
orbit. The UC Berkeley press release includes a large chart contrasting these planetary systems (263k jpeg).
Some references for 51 Pegasi are available:
Mark Maimone - firstname.lastname@example.org -
See my home page for more
(last updated Sun Mar 17 02:39 EST 1996)