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Exoplanets: the Search for New Worlds?


Exoplanets: the Search for New Worlds?

08.12.2016, by
Twenty years ago, in October 1995, a team of astrophysicists led by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southeastern France became the first to formally discover an exoplanet, a hot Jupiter dubbed 51 Pegasi b. Since then, more than 3,000 exoplanets have been officially identified, while researchers still have to confirm the discovery of a further 2,400.



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