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European Astronomers Discover 'Alien' Planet

It's not Jupiter (pictured), just an incredible alien simulation.
European astronomers say they have discovered a planet near a star of extragalactic origin, implying that it came from outside our own galaxy.

The Jupiter-like planet is part of a solar system that once belonged to a dwarf galaxy, which was in turn devoured by our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

The discovery was made using a telescope in Chile.

Planet hunters have so far discovered nearly 500 planets outside our Solar System using various astronomical techniques.

The latest discovery is detailed in the academic journal "Science."

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