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Exoplanet Count Tops 700

20 Nov 2011, 02:04 UTC
Exoplanet Count Tops 700
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On Friday, the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia registered more than 700 confirmed exoplanets. Although this is an amazing milestone, it won’t be long until the “first thousand” are confirmed. There are now more than 700 confirmed exoplanets in the database. The latest addition is the planet HD 100655 b. – announced via the Exoplanet iPhone app [...]

An artist's impression of a lone exoplanet transiting its parent star. There are now 700 confirmed alien worlds orbiting other stars (ESO)
On Friday, the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia registered more than 700 confirmed exoplanets. Although this is an amazing milestone, it won’t be long until the “first thousand” are confirmed.
There are now more than 700 confirmed exoplanets in the database. The latest addition is the planet HD 100655 b.
– announced via the Exoplanet iPhone app
Only two months ago, the encyclopedia — administered by astrobiologist Jean Schneider of the Paris-Meudon Observatory — registered 600 confirmed alien worlds. Since then, there has been a slew of announcements including the addition of a batch of 50 exoplanets by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (or HARPS) in September.
The first exoplanet was discovered orbiting a Main Sequence star in ...

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