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8/7/2000

Astronomers and others the world

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:04 am

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Astronomers and others the world over are have been excited over the announcement of a planet found around Epsilon Eridani, a star close enough to us that the planet itself might be visible with the Hubbell telescope. The news is hardly suprising, however, since Epsilon Eridani is the home of a Starship Tour Operator and has eleven well-documented planets. The system even has a president, a Mr. Pierre Benton. This isn’t the first time that the star system has been in the news. Two years ago, a team in Hawaii announced they had imaged a dust ring and possible planets around the star. If you’d like to see the star for yourself (it’s a bright star, easily seen with the naked eye), use this picture to help you find it. Epsilon Eridani is the star labelled in the top center.

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