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Planet hunters’ double coup

The planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered two Saturn-like planets orbiting a single star. The new planetary system, the first in which both planets can be seen crossing in front of their star, may also contain an Earth-sized companion.

The 26 August announcement came on the heels of another explosive exoplanet discovery: a system that contains up to seven planets, a new record for exoplanet systems. Both discoveries are being discussed at the international colloquium “Detection and dynamics of transiting exoplanets” at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France.

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