Star-mapping Gaia spacecraft spots a pair of Jupiter-like planets

Gaia scientists are agog after finding out that the star-spotting spacecraft can double as a planet-hunter.

In a first mission, the long-time star surveyor spotted two Jupiter-size planets in a remote spot of the galaxy. The find was confirmed with the Large Binocular Telescope, in Arizona, and reveals the spacecraft can double as a spotter for alien worlds.

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