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Release No.: 2005-14
For Release: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Amateur and Professional Astronomers Team to Find New Planet

Astronomers discovered a new planet when it and its host star crossed in front of a very faint background star (marked by crosshairs) and magnified the distant star's light in a process called gravitational microlensing. Although the newfound planet is 3 times the size of Jupiter, microlensing offers the possibility of detecting earth-sized worlds using existing technologies.

Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment