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Scientists find a miniature version of our solar system, with eight planets and a sun-like star

Scientists find a miniature version of our solar system, with eight planets and a sun-like star

With the help of artificial intelligence, scientists scouring data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope have discovered an eighth planet around the star known as Kepler-90.

The find sets a new record for the most exoplanets around a single star and, for the first time, ties with our own.

The planet Kepler-90i, described at a briefing Thursday and detailed in a paper accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal, demonstrates that other stars can indeed host planetary systems as populous as our own solar system.

“Kepler has already shown us that most stars have planets,” said

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