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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Distant Planets Found




WASHINGTON -- European astronomers say they have found evidence of eight planet-like objects orbiting distant stars, bringing to 43 the number of extra-solar system planets that have been found.


An astronomy team from the Geneva Observatory reported finding six planet-sized objects and two more massive objects orbiting stars up to 140 light years away from Earth.


The planets range in size from a mass slightly less than Saturn, to about 15 times more massive than Jupiter.