Scientists Find 60 New Planets - Could a 'Super Earth' Be Among Them?


The new 60 worlds also highlight that every star in the Universe has one or more planets that are orbiting it. Dr. Mikko Tuomi also added that the team of astronomers is now preparing to invent giant telescopes that can be helpful to know more about the new planets.

Tuomi and his global team of astronomers also found evidence of another 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114.

The possible GJ 411 planet is at least 3.8 times more massive than Earth, and it's probably too hot to be habitable, study team members said.

Described as a "hot Super Earth with rocky surface", Gliese 411b is located in the fourth-nearest star system to the Sun. "This indicates that nearly every star has a planet, or several of them, orbiting it", he said, via email".

"This is something astronomers were not convinced about, even as little as five years ago".

The astronomers used Keck-I telescope in Hawaii as part of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey and collected data. After the research, scientists have found 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars, which is recently made available to the public. You can find the full database here.

Tuomi, who was also involved in the discovery of Proxima b, told Fox News that the latest batch of planets marks a significant discovery.

For the first time the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey started in 1996 by Steve Vogt and Geoffrey Marcy, two famous astronomers from the University of California and Paul Butler, from the Carnegie Institute of Science, in Washington.

Findings for the new planets were compiled after scientists conducted almost 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars within a 20-year time frame. It represents a good chunk of my life's work'.

The group's results were based on measuring small periodic changes in the target stars' colours, indirectly revealing the existences of the planets.

HIRES detects exoplanets using the "radial velocity" method: The instrument picks up the tiny gravitational wobbles that orbiting worlds induce in their parent stars.

While the lines of the star move very slightly in response to orbiting bodies like planets, the iodine lines do not move, providing a precise reference point. 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.