www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-14 14:09:28
BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhuanet) -- "New Zealand researchers discovered a NEW PLANET 13 times as much as Earth in a solar system 9,000 light-year away, according to the latest Astrophysical Journal Letters..........It is the first time that such a planet has been found occupying the same region of a solar system as the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn do in ours."
Korean Astronomers Help Locate Distant Planet
"An international team of scientists including South Koreans has discovered a small extrasolar planet using new technology, dubbed gravitational microlensing. It brightens the prospects of detecting earth-mass planets.
The four-country team including scientists at South Korea, Israel, New Zealand and the United States Tuesday unveiled the breakthrough finding.
The planet, situated 8,000 light years away from the earth with roughly 13 times the mass of earth, is the fourth lightest one among 170-plus extrasolar planets ever identified...........
The new methodology finds planets by tracing their gravitational fields and parent stars when they act to magnify the light of a distant background star."
THE KOREA TIMES