Scientists Discover Orbiting Star Is Really A Planet

June 16, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – Scientists using the Isaac Newton Telescope have discovered that a set of two starts found orbiting each other during a microlensing event in 2004 were actually a planet orbiting a star.

The planet was found in the distant Andromeda galaxy, where scientists can rarely see. But in a story by SkyMania, it was found that a microlensing event five years ago gave researchers a rare look at two orbiting objects.

Over the years, tests and research has been done on the findings, leading the scientists to now realize that is wasn’t a set of stars they found, but a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star.

The group hopes to learn more as they continue their research, which is being conducted on the island of La Palma.


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