Measurements of the tiny wobbles the planet's gravitational interaction caused in 51 Pegasi's orbit confirmed its existence. It takes 51 Pegasi B only four days to orbit its star, and surface temperatures are thought to exceed 1,000C.
The first exoplanet was discovered orbiting a pulsar in 1992. Hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered since.
Image: An artist's impression of the planet 51 Pegasi B (credit: Dr Seth Shostak/SPL)
Astronomers find a planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.
A Swiss team finds the first planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.
In 1995 a Swiss team of astronomers found the first planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun, 51 Pegasi. The first exoplanets were found around a neutron star in 1992.
51 Pegasi (abbreviated 51 Peg) is a Sun-like star located 50.9 light-years (15.6 parsecs) from Earth in the constellation Pegasus. It was the first extrasolar Sun-like star found to have a planet orbiting it.