Another Solar System Like Ours?

 

This graphic depiction compares our solar system with a newfound planetary system, 55 Cancri. The new system has a larger-than-Jupiter-mass planet in an orbit similar to the orbit of our Jupiter. Another large gaseous planet orbits closer to 55 Cancri. Image courtesy NASA and JPL.
This graphic depiction compares our solar system with a newfound planetary system, 55 Cancri. The new system has a larger-than-Jupiter-mass planet in an orbit similar to the orbit of our Jupiter. Another large gaseous planet orbits closer to 55 Cancri. Image courtesy NASA and JPL.

June 14, 2002  Pasadena, California - Today NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that astronomers have discovered another solar system orbiting around the star 55 Cancri in the constellation Cancer which resembles our own sun and planets, at least in two large gaseous planets located at similar orbit distances. The first planet there was discovered in 1996 near that sun. The star 55 Cancri is 41 light years from Earth and is about the same age as our solar system, 5 billion years.

 

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