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Media Advisory 05-012

Scientists Make New Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar System

June 9, 2005

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Just within the past 10 years, astronomers have discovered well over a hundred planets in orbit around stars beyond our own Sun. Now the National Science Foundation invites reporters to a media briefing on a major advance in the search for such planets. The briefing will also be Webcast, and viewers will be able to submit questions via telephone and e-mail.

What: News Briefing: Scientists Make New Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar System

Who: Michael Turner, head of NSF's Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
          Geoffrey Marcy, University of California, Berkeley
          Paul Butler, Carnegie Institution of Washington
          Eugenio Rivera, Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz
          Jack Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Center

When: Monday, June 13, 2005, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where: National Science Foundation
             4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 110
             Arlington, VA  22230
            (Ballston Metro stop)
            - Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart
            - Go directly to Room 110 on the left (no need to check in with security)
            For directions:


Call-In Questions: 1 (877) 716-1362; International : 1 (712) 237-6081
                                passcode: 697899

Email Questions: The address will be posted on the Webcast site.

RSVP to: Rochelle Spicer-Monroe, (703) 292-7753,


Media Contacts
M. Mitchell Waldrop, NSF, (703) 292-7752, email:

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