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  1. #1 498 known planets? 
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    I saw on the Exoplanet iPhone app that there are 490 known exoplanets. Add the 8 in our solar system makes 498, so that means that the planet afte the next will be number 500 right?


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    Yes, the current number of exoplanet candidates is 490. See: http://exoplanet.eu/

    Just remember that most of them are not yet confirmed, because the radial velocity method can only determine a lower limit for the companion mass. They must be confirmed by other methods.


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    It does seem as though planets are normal for a dwarf star, and maybe larger stars too. Something similar to the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud too I would imagine.
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