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  New planets discovered
Updated 15 October 2001, 19.59
Jupiter
Eight new planets have been found orbiting nearby stars.

At least three of them are very like Jupiter in size and orbit.

Fact File
New planet facts
First "extra-solar" planets discovered in 1995
74 planets known to exist outside our solar system
Orbits range from 6 days to 6 years
Scientists think that if there are Jupiter-like planets out there, then there could be Earth-like ones as well.

Wobbling stars

Despite some of them being up to 10 times the size of Jupiter, these planets are still too far away to be seen.

But scientists all over the world are looking at nearby stars and seeing them "wobble"!

Jupiter and one of it's moons
This is the effect the planet has on the star as it orbits round it.

The "wobbles" were spotted by telescopes in Hawaii, New South Wales in Australia and California in the US.

As we find more and more planets, it shows the chances of us being alone in the universe become smaller and smaller.

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