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Shadow and Shine Offer Glimpses of Otherworldly Jupiters

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Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1822-1823
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1822

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Astronomers have assembled their sharpest picture yet of planets around other stars. Early last week, one group of observers said it had twice seen a giant exoplanet cross the face of its parent star and determined the planet's mass, size, and density. Then another group posted a paper on the Web announcing the discovery of starlight reflected from the Jupiter-sized exoplanet orbiting the star Tau Boötis.