NASA has released an amazing visualization of all the exoplanets it has ever seen, including those from Kepler and TESS dedicated world-wide hunting crafts. The first exoplanets were found in 1992 going round the pulsar PSR 1257 + 12-a world not in our own solar system but orbiting another star. NASA has since discovered more than 4,000-crossing last month’s landmark figure.
NASA used information from System Sounds, a science outreach project, to create the incredible visualization of where each exoplanet is in the night sky. The remaining findings came in a trickle in the 27 years since the first exoplanets were spotted, before a flood of fresh finds thanks to devoted telescopes. Everyone is tracked in the known exoplanet catalog and often receives complex names to track their identity. After its successful launch in 2010, Kepler was the catalyst for this discovery deluge. It refined its methods and gathered exoplanet information highly efficiently.
Kepler would measure any brightness dips in front of a star that might indicate a planet’s passage. In order to find out information of its atmosphere and size, it then analyzed this signature. After Kepler’s death, TESS took over the mantle of chief planet hunter when it ultimately died previously this year as its fuel tank was finally emptied. The exoplanet L 98-59 tweeting was discovered by NASA just weeks ago:’ The smallest exoplanet!
‘Our NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission discovered a world that’s smaller than Earth and larger than Mars, orbiting a bright, cool, nearby star about 35 light-years away.’