Astronomers have identified more than 360 previously unknown exoplanets in a new study.
Research data was collected from the retired Kepler Space Telescope.
Planets discovered outside our solar system are called exoplanets.
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Scientists have developed an algorithm to identify drops in stellar luminosity that indicate the presence of an orbiting exoplanet.
The study, conducted by the University of California, was published in “The Astronomical Journal”.
According to astronomer Erik Petigura, “The discovery of hundreds of new exoplanets is a significant achievement in itself, but what sets this work apart is how it will shed light on the characteristics of the exoplanet population as a whole. “
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The Kepler Space Telescope was launched into a heliocentric Earth orbit two decades ago. Since then, she has been collecting data for essential projects.
UCLA astronomer Jon Zink believes that “the discovery of each new world offers a unique insight into the physics that play a role in the formation of the planets.”
Scientists have discovered more than 4,300 exoplanets. Some have been large gas planets similar to Jupiter.
Others have been smaller, rocky Earth-like worlds, the kind considered candidates for harboring life, but currently available scientific instruments tell us little about their atmospheres.
(With contributions from agencies)