Largest haul of extrasolar planets: Confirmation of exoplanets and planetary systems may shed light on our place in the cosmos

Largest haul of extrasolar planets: Confirmation of exoplanets and planetary systems may shed light on our place in the cosmos

Forty-four planets in planetary systems beyond our own have been unveiled in one go, dwarfing the usual number of confirmations from extrasolar surveys, which is typically a dozen or less. The findings will improve our models of planetary systems and may help researchers investigate exoplanet atmospheres. Novel techniques developed to validate the find could hugely accelerate the confirmation of more extrasolar planet candidates.

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