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First-ever Evidence of an Exoplanet System was Discovered in 1917

05/09/2016 12:43PM

First-ever Evidence of an Exoplanet System was Discovered in 1917

You can never predict what treasure might be hiding in your own basement. The Carnegie Institution for Science didn't know it, but it turns out that a 1917 image on an astronomical glass photographic plate from the Carnegie Observatory archives shows the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. This accidental (and highly unexpected) find was recognized by Jay Farihi of University College in London, while researching an article about planetary systems surrounding white dwarf stars.


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