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Jupiters Like Our Own Await Planet Hunters

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Science  25 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5555, pp. 605
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5555.605

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Summary

No one can yet detect the most prominent hallmark of our solar system: planets resembling Jupiter in mass and in orbital distance. But two new studies give added hope that systems like ours are out there in abundance. Astronomers could start finding Jupiter-like exoplanets within a few years (also see p. 616).