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Here is a list of news reports I've collected on Planets and the like over the last 2 years. See for yourself if there is a common theme here or where these reports might be heading.

Offered by Jon.

December 17, 1997

British scientists unearth new worlds
British scientists have used new cameras to find what they say is conclusive evidence of planets circling four of the stars closest to our solar system.

Wayne Holland, one of a team of scientists at Edinburgh's Royal Observatory, was quoted in The Observer as saying: "It's planets, I've no doubt." ...

January 12, 1998

NASA points to Beta Pictoris planet
A bulge in the image of dust from the star Beta Pictoris 18 light years away could indicate the presence of a planet orbiting it, claims Nasa scientist Sally Heap. ...

January 28, 1998

A Giant Planet - or a Dwarf?
Astronomers in the United States believe they have caught the first glimpse of a planet in another star system.

Using the Hubble space telescope, astronomers in the United States say they have photographed a body circling Proxima Centauri which, at 4.2 light years away, is the closest star to the Earth's sun. ...

May 28, 1998

'Planet' spotted in deep space
The Hubble telescope has given astronomers their first look at what is possibly a planet outside our solar system. Our science correspondent David Whitehouse reports. The new object, designated TMR-1C, has been found in a star forming region in the constellation of Taurus. ...

May 28, 1998

Hubble Takes First Image of a Possible Planet Around Another Star
and Finds a Runaway World
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their first direct look at what is possibly a planet outside our solar system - one apparently that has been ejected into deep space by its parent stars. ...

June 25, 1998

Another planet has been found circling a star. The new planet is a little less than twice the mass of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

It was found by a team of American astronomers at San Francisco State University undertaking a survey of 400 nearby stars to see if any of them have planets around them. ...

September 24, 1998

New planets' star roll
Two new worlds circling two nearby stars have been discovered. Our science editor Dr David Whitehouse explains. ...

January 10, 1999

New planets discovered; The newly-found planets are like Jupiter
Astronomers in the United States have discovered two new planets outside the Earth's solar system. It is only recently that astronomers have begun to find "extra-solar" planets, but they say they expect to find many more in the coming months. ...

July 29 1999

Extrasolar Giant Planet in Earth-like Orbit
Discovery from a Long-term Project at La Silla
A new extrasolar planet has been found at the ESO La Silla Observatory as a companion to iota Horologii (iota Hor). This 5.4-mag solar-type star is located at a distance of 56 light-years and is just visible to the unaided eye in the southern constellation Horologium (The Pendulum Clock). ...

July 30, 1999

Planet discovered orbiting Sun-like star. ...

August 18, 1999

Astronomers may have discovered a Jupiter-sized planet that orbits two stars, the first time this has been seen. ...

September 28, 1999

Scientists have discovered a new object orbiting the Sun after a spaceprobe was mysteriously knocked off course.

Researchers have yet to identify the object, but they are confident it exists because of the way it appears to have deflected the tiny Pioneer 10 craft, which is hurtling out towards the stars. ...

October 7, 1999

A British astronomer may have discovered a new and bizarre planet orbiting the Sun 1,000 times further away than the most distant known planet. ...

October 7, 1999

Possible 10th and 11th planet-like objects orbiting the Sun
After studying 13 comets whose orbits seem to have been affected by a massive object far beyond Pluto, a British scientist announced today that there may be a previously unknown and very large planet orbiting the Sun. ...

October 7, 1999

Intrigued by the fact that long-period comets observed from Earth seem to follow orbits that are not randomly oriented in space, a scientist at the Open University in the UK is arguing that these comets could be influenced by the gravity of a large undiscovered object in orbit around the Sun. ...