7th planet found in distant solar system

10/28/2013 | BBC

A seventh planet has been discovered orbiting the dwarf star KIC 11442793, according to two separate research teams. "This is the first seven-planet system from Kepler, using a transiting search. We think [the identification] is very secure," said the University of Oxford's Chris Lintott, who co-wrote the paper for Planet Hunters, a group of volunteers who use public data from the Kepler space telescope to help suss out new exoplanets. The seven-planet system, about 2,500 light-years from Earth, is similar to our own with the smaller planets on the inside, though the planets circle much closer to their star than we do to our sun.

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