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 Release No. 04-27: Tiny "David" Telescope Finds "Goliath" Planet
For Release: 11:00 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, August 24, 2004

artist's conception of extrasolar planetUsing a network of small, relatively inexpensive telescopes, astronomers have discovered a planet that crosses in front of, or transits, a bright orange star. By examining thousands of stars simultaneously, transit searches may locate extrasolar planets at an accelerating pace, bringing the detection of the first Earth-sized world one step closer. Credit: David A. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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installation of telescopeDr. Timothy Brown installing one of the telescopes that is part of the TrES network. These 4-inch-diameter telescopes have shown that even modest equipment can be used to discover new worlds. (National Center for Atmospheric Research photo)

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