Astronomers will announce major findings about planets outside our solar system, known as extrasolar planets, at a NASA Science Update at 3 p.m. EST today.

The Update is in the NASA auditorium, 300 E St., SW, Washington. NASA TV will carry it live. Reporters may watch the briefing at participating NASA centers. The discoveries were made by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Researchers have discovered new capabilities of the infrared telescope to aid in the study of these planets.


  • Dr. Drake Deming, chief, planetary systems laboratory, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Dr. David Charbonneau, assistant professor of astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Dr. Alan Boss, staff research astronomer, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Dr. Kim Weaver, moderator; Spitzer program scientist, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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