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Finding planets around other stars. It's been over 20 years since we discovered the first planet orbiting a star other than our Sun. Today, we know of more than 2,000 exoplanets, and we're still discovering more! We've found that exoplanets are incredibly diverse: from big gas giants orbiting very close to their parent stars to small rocky planets with orbits of only a few hours. Ken Rice will discuss how to detect planets around other stars, what we know about their characteristics, and whether or not we might expect to find a potentially habitable planet in the near future.