New, Distant Planets Discovered

Astronomers have announced the discovery of 28 more planets outside our solar system. Although the new finds are Jupiter-like "gas giants" with no solid surface, they are all part of multiple planet systems like our own. Smaller, Earth-like planets could also be in those systems, but for now, they're too small to detect.

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And in more space news, astronomers have announced the discovery of 28 more planets outside our solar system. This discovery brings the total number of planets in different solar systems to 236. Some of the new guys are part of multiple planet systems which orbit around a central star much like our own solar system. All of the new planets are gas giants like Jupiter, with no solid surface. But smaller Earth-like planets could be in the same system, astronomers say. They're just too small to detect.

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