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Q: New Planets ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: New Planets
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: kass11-ga
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Posted: 07 Aug 2002 08:43 PDT
Expires: 06 Sep 2002 08:43 PDT
Question ID: 51755
What is the name of the first planet discovered outside of our solar system?
Subject: Re: New Planets
Answered By: wengland-ga on 07 Aug 2002 09:18 PDT
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Greetings, Kass11!

What an interesting question!  I know many planets have been seen
outside of our solar system, but I had never looked up much
information about it.  Anyway, to answer your question, the first
planetary mass found was acutally orbiting a pulsar, and not a proper
star.  It has not been considered a true planet since it does not
orbit a star.

First extra solar planetary mass orbiting a Pulsar:

There is a good history of the search for and discovery of extra solar
planets available from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

And, for the answer:  The first planet orbiting a star like our sun is
named '51 Pegasi b' or '51 Peg b'  and was disovered in 1995, by
Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz at Geneva Observatory.

Another reference:

Details about the planet from the University of Oregons' Electronic
Universe Project:

Search and find details about all extra solar planets at JPL's Planet

Another catalog of all planets:

Further reading about planets outside of our solar system:

And, a timeline of discoveries of extra solar planets:

I hope this answers your question, if you require further information,
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kass11-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This is all excellent information.  Thank you.

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