19 Nov 2010

Astronomers find first planet outside our galaxy

10:01 pm on 19 November 2010

Astronomers say they have detected the first planet from outside our galaxy, the Milky Way.

The Max-Planck Institute in Germany says the Jupiter-sized planet and its star are from a dwarf galaxy that was absorbed into the Milky Way billions of years ago.

Details of the discovery have been published in the journal Science.

The star, called HIP 13044, is nearing the end of its life and is 2000 light years from Earth.

The discovery was made using a telescope in Chile.

The astronomers believe the find is hard evidence that planets may be widespread, not just in our galaxy, but throughout the universe.