This is a drawing of where the 3 planets (red dots) would orbit around Upsilon Andromedae. The dashed lines represent where the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars would be if they orbited around the Upsilon Andromedae star.
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Courtesy of the San Francisco State University Planet Search home page
New Planets Discovered around the Star Upsilon Andromedae
News story originally written on May 5, 1999
Scientists have recently made the exciting discovery that three planets are
orbiting the same star
. This is the first system ever which has many
planets like our own. If you discovered a new planet what would you name
The planets have oval-shaped orbits, and are gas giants like Jupiter. The
discovery of the planets raises the possibility that life might have
developed somewhere other than on Earth. Do you think that life is possible
on other planets?
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