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Astronomer Geoff Marcy above the lights of the UC Berkeley Campus surrounded by light trails representing swooping eccentric orbits of exoplanets. Unlike the planets of our solar system, the orbits of most of the exoplanets Marcy and his team have discovered are squashed into shapes more like ovals, footballs, and cigars.

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Astronomer Geoff Marcy above the lights of the UC Berkeley Campus surrounded by light trails representing swooping eccentric orbits of exoplanets. Unlike the planets of our solar system, the orbits of most of the exoplanets Marcy and his team have discovered are squashed into shapes more like ovals, footballs, and cigars.