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OU Astrophysicists Discover Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies

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OU Astrophysicists Discover Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies


A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way. Xinyu Dai, professor in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, OU College of Arts and Sciences, with OU postdoctoral researcher Eduardo Guerras, made the discovery with data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope in space that is controlled by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

The discovery has received worldwide attention including coverage by Newsweek, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian and The New York Post. NewsOn6 in Tulsa also featured Dai and Guerras.

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