Solar System
Recently, researchers have found 18 Earth-like planets. Already surveys were done on a large scale in the same area. However, the scientist would have ignored these...
Recently, researchers have found 18 Earth-like planets. Already surveys were done on a large scale in the same area. However, the scientist would have ignored these planets as they are very small in size. In a stellar discovery, these 18 have been shown under a light. In terms of size and conditions, all these 18 are Earth-like. Among these 18 planets, one is very small and also confirmed to be the smallest ever known and others are touted to be habitable. Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, George August University of Gottingen and the Sonneberg Observatory conducted this study.
They have reported to the Scitechdaily that the previous surveyors have ignored them for their small size. This discovery was published in two papers in the journals, Astronomy and Astrophysics. Using a new methodology to detect exoplanets and the data from the NASA Kepler Telescope, scientists are to reanalyze the data. The scientists have said that with the existing data more than 100 exoplanets can be found. Scientists have figured out the presence of 4000 planets.
96 per cent of them appear bigger than the Earth and actually, they are close to the size of gas giants such as Neptune or Jupiter. Among these, massive exoplanets are more in focus as they are easy to track and small planets are very difficult to track. But stargazers are more interested in small exoplanets as they have Earth-Like features. The small exoplanets are 69% of the Earth and the large planets are two times the size of the Earth.