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The Question

(Submitted October 24, 1996)

Can you tell me more about those two new planets that were discovered?

The Answer

To answer any question you have about planets which have recently been discovered orbiting other stars, there are a number of places to look.

You might want to look at the article by David Black in the August 1996 issue of Sky and Telescope. We think David does a very nice job of describing what we know now and what might be learned in the next few years.

There are also a number of good web sites. Jean Schneider, of the Observatoire de Paris, runs the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia (http://www.obspm.fr/encycl/encycl.html). There are a number of pages run by extrasolar planet research groups themselves. Marcyand Butler (http://exoplanets.org) work out of San Francisco State University, and Alex Wolszczan (http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/alex/pulsar_planets.htm), the first to discover an extrasolar planet, works out of Penn State.

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