The Real Deal

More good news for exoplanet fans – researchers have announced their confirmation that perturbations of the light from the star Epsilon Eridani are, as predicted, caused by a planet. The body in question is one and a half times as massive as our own Jupiter and orbits its parent star in a little less than seven (Earth) years. The extra-exciting bit for space buffs is that next year we have a good chance of getting a closer look at it, using a whole selection of telescopes including the (recently rebooted) Hubble.