5,000 Exoplanets and Counting - Nasa daily picture for March 22 (2022)

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artist's concept of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star Epsilon Eridani

Not so long ago, humanity lived in a universe with only a small number of known planets, all of them orbiting our Sun. But a new raft of discoveries marks a scientific high point: More than 5,000 planets are now confirmed to exist beyond our solar system.

The planetary odometer turned on March 21, with the latest batch of 65 exoplanets – planets outside our immediate solar family – added to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. The archive records exoplanet discoveries that appear in peer-reviewed, scientific papers, and that have been confirmed using multiple detection methods or by analytical techniques.

This artist's concept is of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star Epsilon Eridani, located 10.5 light-years away from Earth.

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Source: www.nasa.gov


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