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Jupiter's Brother Joins the Family

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2124
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2124a

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Last week, just as American astronomers were about to announce the discovery of "a first cousin of the solar system," European astronomers spread the word that they had uncovered a nearer relation: an exoplanet that more closely resembles Jupiter in a planetary system far more like our own, "a younger brother" of Jupiter, as one of the discoverers put it. The find marks the true beginning of an expected string of discoveries of planetary systems in which Earth-like planets might be hiding.