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We Have a Twin!

Another prediction from the Master of the Key comes true: Astronomers have discovered planets orbiting a distant star in a formation which looks a lot like our own solar system. Have we received any visitors?

The star they are orbiting is about half the size of our sun. In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes astronomer Martin Dominik as saying, "We found a system with two planets that take the roles of Jupiter and Saturn in our Solar System. These two planets have a similar mass ratio and similar orbital radius and a similar orbital period. It looks like this may have formed in a similar way to our Solar System. And if this is the case, it looks like [our] Solar System cannot be unique in the Universe. There should be other similar systems out there which could host terrestrial planets."

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