Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on TwitterThoughts all about extrasolar planets have been dancing in the minds of scientists for centuries, but the average person did not spend much time dwelling on them until lately. In the past year the news has been filled with a great deal of buzz about newly released information about the Gliese 581 system and the multiple planets orbiting around it. Some are even speculated to be Earth-like.
To help fact-finders like yourself look into information that is all about extrasolar planets, we have assembled these links to articles that we have on the topic here on Universe Today. Just to wet your appetite, here are a few fun facts about extrasolar planets.
CNES and ESA have launched a space probe that is dedicated to finding extrasolar planets. It is paying greatest attention to Earth sized bodies.
The star Gliese 581 is much cooler that our Sun. In order for a planet in that system to support life it would have to orbit much closer to its star that Earth does. Of course, that assumes that life on that planet is very similar to life on this on.
Scientist believe that they have found over 200 extrasolar planets, but did you know that they have directly observed less than 1% of those. Makes you wonder how they know that they are there.
These and many other interesting facts all about extrasolar planets can be found in the links below. We hope that you find what you are looking for and, as always, enjoy your research.
- What is an Exoplanet?
- Gliese 581
- Gliese 581c
- Gliese 581e
- Earth-like Planets
- Super Earths
- COROT Space Mission
- Exoplanets Pictures
- Upsilon Andromedae