In no more than a week's time, four new planets have been discovered. Today (Tuesday) NASA is to announce the details on what is called a "new
class" of planets that have been found. These planets are also known as exoplanets, which means planets in orbit of stars and not the sun in
our own solar system.
A team of planet-hunters will announce their discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system at a NASA Science Update at 1 p.m. EDT on
Tuesday, August 31. Their discovery represents a significant and much-anticipated advance in the hunt for extrasolar planets.
Dr. Geoffrey Marcy, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. R. Paul Butler, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Dr. Barbara McArthur, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Alan Boss, staff research astronomer, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Dr. Anne Kinney, moderator, director, Universe Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington
The news conference will be carried live on NASA Television and webcast live at:
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