Friday, February 22, 2013

A Golden Age for Exoplanet Discoveries

After making a similar plot in my PhD thesis for the discoveries of minor planets throughout history, I thought it would be interesting to compare the rate of discovery of exoplanets to that of asteroids.

We are clearly in a golden age of exoplanet discoveries. In the past 23 years we have discovered over 800 confirmed planets in stellar systems outside out own; it took 114 years from the discovery of Ceres to find as many asteroids.

Alex H. Parker

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