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Alien Planet Count Tops 700 Distant Worlds

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:35:12 -0500
Archived: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:35:12 -0500
Subject: Alien Planet Count Tops 700 Distant Worlds

Source: Space.Com


18 November 2011

Alien Planet Count Tops 700 Distant Worlds
by Mike Wall

Less than 20 years after discovering the first world beyond our
solar system, astronomers have bagged alien planet number 700.

As of today (Nov. 18), the tally stands at 702 exoplanets,
according to the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia, a database
compiled by astrobiologist Jean Schneider of the Paris-Meudon

Schneider's list is one of two main alien-world trackers out
there. The other is called "PlanetQuest: New Worlds Atlas," run
by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. PlanetQuest's current count
stands at 687; the difference between the two databases
highlights the uncertainties involved in exoplanet detection and

Regardless, both tallies have been growing quickly lately. And
both will add hundreds, or perhaps

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead ]

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