2012 Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery

 

2012 Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery

It seems that 2012 Golden Age of Exoplanet Discovery is a reality. According to National Geographic article of Andrew Fazekas,  2012: A Banner Year in the Hunt for Exoplanets, the new worlds outside our solar system has been found. Since the first exoplanets that were found in early 90s a great number of new worlds  reported for about three per year to fifty per year and this number, the last five years came up to a hundred per year. According to the same article, 2012 the number of new worlds reported and this was  the amazing number of 854.
The number of 854 newfound worlds and reports of new detections being announced nearly every week, thanks in large measure to NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers are calling this the  2012 golden age of exoplanet discovery.

source:http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/130102-top-exoplanet-discovery-space-science/ and photo:An artist’s conception of the star KOI-961, which hosts the three smallest exoplantets / Illustration courtesy Caltech/NASA

   


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