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Introduction

One of the newest and most interesting areas of astrophysics is the search and study of extrasolar planets. However, the idea of other planets beyond our own solar system is not a new one. As early as the sixtieth century several scientists and philosophers suspected that planets beyond our own solar system existed, but there was no possible way from them to prove that at the time. For example, the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno suggested that fixed stars in the night sky are similar to our sun and also supported planets. …

Ryan Johnston

BSc Astrophysics

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