Monday, October 26, 2009

Exoplanets - 32 New Discovered Planets

Here is interesting news I wanna share.

Ever since we discoverd other planets aside from ours, people got so curious about them. More studies, explorations and discoveries was done, and until now, we are amazed on what we found. And yet, we hunger for more informations, about aliens or other creatures that somehow as intelligent as humans and perhaps might look like us.

Exoplanets, these are the planets outside our solar system. It is estimated that there are over 400 exoplanets in the space and 75 was found. These 75 planets are in 30 planetary systems. Last Monday, the European Southern Observatory/Center for Astrophysics, University of Porto conference in Porto, Portugal, announced that another 32 exoplanets discovered outside Earth's solar system through the use of a high-precision instrument installed at a Chilean telescope. Thanks to High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS. They are the world's foremost exoplanet hunter. HARPS is a device that can detect slight wobbles of stars as they respond to tugs from exoplanets' gravity. That tactic, known as the radial velocity method, and has been the most prolific method in the search for exoplanets." In fact, HARPS also boosted the discovery of so-called super-Earths - planets with a mass a few times that of Earth. Of the 28 super-Earths known, HARPS facilitated the discovery of 24, the European Southern Observatory statement said. Most reside in multiplanet systems, with up to five planets per system.

Well, HARPS is one of the most ambitious searches ever implemented on a global basis. And yes, it is world's most productive astronomical observatory that could help us understand the diversity of the universe, how they are formed and we never know, we might find something more than these. They are just right there, waiting to be discovered.


  1. Discovering anything which doesn't affect one's health is always good.