7 exo-planet system

http://www.eso.org/public/archives/djangoplicity/shadowbox3/libraries/mediaplayer-licensed/player-licensed.swf

This is way too cool. The European Southern Observatory just released a press release with data for a exo solar system they’ve been studying which appears to have 7 planets. More importantly, the planets are in a pattern very similar to our solar system, with the smallest one found as small as 1.4 earth masses.

This was presumably rushed out after it was announced yesterday that on Thursday NASA would be making the first Keppler announcement.  Which means there may well be even more exciting planet news by the end of the week.

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