posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 03:15 AM
A simple 4-inch-diameter telescope, no larger than those that can be purchased at you local Wal-Mart, was all that was used for this discovery.
"This discovery demonstrates that even humble telescopes can make huge contributions to planet searches," says Guillermo Torres of CfA, a co-author
on the study.
According to a separate announcement Wednesday (also published here
on ATS), using more
conventional methods, European astronomers claimed to have discovered yet another new planet which is Earth-like in size.
Though it is this discovery by "the little telescope that could" that has started a buzz among researchers.
Read more about the new discovery on CfA
[edit on 26-8-2004 by Durden]