Protostars and Planets

Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 932-933
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.932

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In recent years, astronomers have begun to discover an increasing number of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. The characteristics and origins of these planetary bodies are the subject of intense interest and debate. In their Perspective, Russell and Boss discuss the latest results on extrasolar planetary systems presented at a recent conference in Santa Barbara.