Jan 12

Planet Population is Plentiful

Source: ESO Science Release eso1204

Planets everywhere (artist's impression).
Image credits: ESO/M. Kornmesser

An international team, including three astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has used the technique of gravitational microlensing to measure how common planets are in the Milky Way. After a six-year search that surveyed millions of stars, the team concludes that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception. The results appeared in the journal Nature on 12 January 2012. (read more)

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