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Scientists have discovered over eighty extrasolar planets since 1995 while in search of a solar system like our own. One of the most promising systems is just 41 light-years away. 55 Cancri, a large gas giant, orbits a sun-like star. It is very similiar to our own Jupiter, having nearly the same orbiting distance and rotation period. The system contains at least two other planets located between the sun and 55 Cancri.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|