Planets Outside of Our Solar System

We have many, many more planets outside of our solar system than inside of it.

To present date there are a confirmed 531 planets outside of our solar system. Although there are many more than these, scientists are assuming; only 531 can be confirmed as actual planets. These 531 planets outside of our solar system, otherwise known as exoplanets, vary in constellations, origin, size, atmosphere, distance, and many other factors that differ from our earth. Some of these planets have temperatures close to the suns, while others scientists have absolutely no clue. These exoplanets will remain mysterious to scientists until a new innovation of technology will become available.

Some of the more exoplanets, such as PSR B1620-26 b, is the oldest planet outside of our solar system, and possibly within the universe was found in 1993. This planet is roughly 12,400 light years away, and located within the constellation scorpius. Although no formal name has been dedicated to the planet, its current nickname is the Genesis planet. Another rather interesting planet is Gliese 876 d, which actually is considered quite similar to our planet earth. Reason being is the mass of the planet, and the possibility of apparent water or ice. Furthermore, the planet has a solid surface for life to live on, therefore making it to present date the most similar to earth. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the most recently discovered planet, CFBDS 1458 b. This planet is significantly cooler than most other exoplanets, and is much bigger than all of the other planets within our solar system.

Exoplanets are still being discovered, and scientists will not stop until eventually one day we have the opportunity to visit them. Today there are 531, perhaps tomorrow there will be double that, which is why learning about exoplanets is so exciting, because every time it is a new and upcoming adventure in which no one knows what to expect.

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