In just three months, an international team of astronomers has discovered more than 100 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) rotating around stars other than the Sun and using a combination of ground and space telescopes.
These planets are very diverse and are expected to play a major role in the development of the exploratory field of exoplanets and life in the universe.
The team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and the Astrobiology Center of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences studied 227 exoplanet candidates based on data from NASA's second mission of the Kepler Space Telescope (K2 mission) and the use of other spacecraft. and ground telescopes.
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The formation process of exoplanets with such short circulation times is still unclear.
The team also confirmed many massive rocky exoplanets less than twice as large as Earth and several planetary systems with multiple exoplanets.
The study is described in detail in the Astronomical Journal.
The results bring K2 yield to over 360 planets, and we expect K2 to do so by extrapolation. The team discovered 600 planets by the end of 2018, prior to the expected depletion of its on-board fuel.
In October, the US Space Agency (NASA) decided to withdraw its Kepler Space Telescope, which worked in space for nine years. Kepler discovered planets outside the solar system, many of which could be promising for life.
According to NASA, the spacecraft was removed from Earth within its current safe orbit.