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Planet from another galaxy discovered

Galactic cannibalism brings an exoplanet of extragalactic origin within astronomers' reach.

 
By ESO, Garching, Germany ó Published: November 19, 2010 exoplanet
First planet of extragalactic origin (artistís impression).
Photo by ESO
An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy has been detected by a European team of astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the European Southern Observatoryís (ESO) La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-like planet is particularly unusual, as it is orbiting a star nearing the end of its life and could be about to be engulfed by it, giving tantalizing clues about the fate of our own planetary system in the distant future.
 

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