Thursday, February 14, 2008

Scientists Find Solar System Like Ours - New York Times

"Astronomers say they have found a miniature version of our own solar system 5,000 light years across the galaxy — the first planetary system that really looks like our own, with outer giant planets and room for smaller inner planets."

Except if you read the article, it seems that the star with the planets is one that is 21,000 light years away. Why wouldn't the New York Times be able to get this right?

Or maybe not. Someone at Slashdot suggests that the explanation is here:


But it's still not clear to me which object is being observed and which is aiding in the observation.

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