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New Planets Discovered!

Thursday, June 13, 2002

After 15 years of observation and lots of patience, the world's premier planet-hunting team has finally found a planetary system that reminds them of our home solar system. Dr. Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington discovered a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star at nearly the same distance as Jupiter orbits our Sun.

More: NASA News Release - Newfound Planetary System Has A Hometown Look

More: Science@NASA - Extraterrestrial Jupiter

More: Space.com - Jupiter-Like Planet Could Point to Another Earth

Link: California & Carnegie Planet Search - discoverers of the planetary system

Solar Eclipse

Monday, June 10, 2002

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Solar Eclipse

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Several USGS folks joined the huge crowd that turned out for the Coconino Astromical Society's (CAS) Monday evening star party to view the partial solar eclipse on McMillan Mesa near the USGS Flagstaff Field Center. The eclipse started around 5:20 pm local time, peaked at approximately 6:25 pm, and ended around 7:20 pm. CAS chose the mesa as one of the clearer views to the horizon to watch the eclipse as the sun set. (Photos courtesy Deborah Lee Soltesz)


Link: Coconino Astronomical Society -

Link: Science@NASA - Eclipse Gallery


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