Get to know the exoplanets
Astronomers have found more than 140 planets circling stars other than the Sun. Here's the scoop on all the known planets as of October 2004.
November 22, 2004
|Astronomers continue to find planets orbiting other stars. More than 140 have been confirmed so far, with the vast majority orbiting stars fairly similar to the Sun. (That's largely a selection effect, however — the searches have looked mainly at stars with properties similar to the Sun.) In the table below, each known exoplanet is listed in order of increasing period of revolution around its parent star. The three new exoplanets discussed in "Lucifer's planets" are shown in red. All have periods of less than 10 days, and all rank among the least-massive planets yet found outside our solar system.|
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