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Found: Another Star System With Eight Planets, Just Like Ours

A Google algorithm uncovered a scorcher of a planet, a rock 30 percent larger than Earth, orbiting a star a few thousand light-years away. This planet, Kepler 90i, brought the total number of planets circling its star to eight — just like our solar system’s octuplets. “For the first time, we’ve discovered an eighth planet in a distant planetary system,” Paul Hertz, head of NASA’s astrophysics division, said during a media briefing. This discovery required an advanced technology to comb through the gargantuan amount of data obtained by the Kepler space observatory.

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