Jun. 9th, 2009

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Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: First extra-galactic planet spotted in Andromeda

Astronomers believe they may have detected the first planet outside our galaxy. Using gravitational microlensing, they were able to observe a star in the Andromeda galaxy for several days. Analysis of it's variability seem to indicate that it has a companion planet about 6 times the mass of Jupiter. Microlensing is a short-term effect so it can't be used to perform long-term observations of distant objects, but scientists believe it may be possible to detect extra-galactic Earth-mass planets using this technique.

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