Washington:An international team of astronomers has discovered more than 100 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) – running around stars other than the…
An international team of astronomers has discovered more than 100 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) – running around stars other than the sun – in just three months, with a combination of ground and space based telescopes.
These planets are quite different and are expected to play a major role in developing the research area for exoplanet and life in the universe.
The team involved researchers at Tokyo University and the Astrobiology Center of National Institutes of Natural Sciences investigated 227 exoplanet candidates based on data from other missions of NASA’s Kepler space telescope (K2 missions), as well as the use of other space telescopes and terrestrial telescopes.
They confirmed that 1
04 of them are really exoplanets. Seven of the confirmed exoplanets have ultra short circulation periods less than 24 hours.
Exoplanet formation process with such short circulation periods is still unclear.
The team also confirmed many low-mass rocking exoplanets with much less than
The study is detailed in the Astronomical Journal.
The find gives the K2 exchange to over 360 planets, and by extrapolation, we expect K2 to have discovered 600 planets ahead of the expected exhaustion of its fuel onboard at the end of 2018, the team said.
In October, the US Space Agency decided to retire NASA with its Kepler Space telescope, working in a deep space for nine years. Kepler discovered planets from the outside of the solar system, many of which can be promising places for life.
The spacecraft was interrupted within its current safe circulation, from the ground, according to NASA.