The team also found further evidence of an additional 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114. Super-Earth Gliese 411-B claimed can support the humanity, the hot exoplanet is the 4 nearest to the solar system and has a rocky surface. During the course of the research, scientists obtained nearly 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars, which are now available to the public.
New planets have been discovered beyond our solar system.
The virtual mountain of data released to the public in this paper was gathered as part of a two-decade radial velocity planet-hunting program that uses a spectrometer called HIRES, mounted on the 10-meter Keck-I telescope of the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Researchers said the findings demonstrate that almost all of the nearest stars to the sun have planets orbiting them.
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From this huge amount of data, a team of researchers led by Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., identified more than 100 possible exoplanets.
"This is something astronomers were not convinced about, even as little as five years ago", he said in a statement. It represents a good chunk of my life's work'. The planets help scientists understand the formation of new planetary systems and give them targets for future images.
"Keck-I telescope and its instruments have been wonderful tools in establishing the current consensus that virtually all stars have planets orbiting them". Since it resembles Earth and is relatively near the Solar System, its discovery means that there could be other planets in the galaxy similar to the Earth, according to the researchers. They detected the signatures of planets using the iodine cell radial velocity technique, which superimposes spectral lines from an iodine gaseous absorption cell onto the stellar absorption lines. The tiny variations then reveal the existence of an orbiting planet. Gliese 411 and its orbiting planets are just eight light years from Earth, putting them right in our celestial backyard, but despite is relative proximity to our own planet, the star is still about six trillion miles away, so it's unlikely we'll be stopping by any time soon.