NASA has Said These exoplanets range from small and rocky worlds like Earth to ‘super Earths’ that are larger than the planets in our Solar System. There are also planets bigger than Jupiter and ‘mini-Neptunes’. Some planets orbit two stars at the same time, while many planets orbit the remnants of dead stars.
Jesse Christiansen, a research scientist at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, said it’s not just a number. Each of those planets is a new world. The scientist said that he gets excited about every planet, because nothing is known about them yet.
There are likely hundreds of billions of planets in our galaxy. In the beginning we were able to detect only those planets which circled our Sun. In 1992, scientists started detecting planets with the help of the observatory. Of these, a neutron star was first discovered, which was known as a pulsar. While studying the sound coming from the pulsar, scientists detected planets in orbit around it.
The paper’s lead author, Alexander Volszgen, confirmed the existence of new planets outside our solar system 30 years ago. Then he said that if planets could be found around neutron stars, then planets should be everywhere.
Now scientists hope that new telescopes like James Webb and the sensitive instruments set up in them will help in rapidly advancing exoplanet research. Many more telescopes are also expected to be launched in the next few years. Among these, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope could be launched in 2027. In addition, the ARIEL mission of the European Space Agency is set to be launched in the year 2029.