Super -Earth,60 more planets found

Astronomers have found 60 new planets near our own, boosting the chances of finding one that could support life.

A team of International scientists  found  a further 54 potential planets ,meaning that in all the researches might have discovered  a full 114 planets.And at least some of those might be like Earth,and able to support life ,the researchers have said.

The observations were part  of the  Lick-Carnegie Exo-planet Survey,which was started in 1996 by astronomers  Steve  Vogt and Geoffrey Marcy from the University of California and Paul Butler,from  the Carnegie Institute of Science, in washington.

Astronomers released the largest ever compilation of exoplanet detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method.The radial velocity method takes advantage of the fact that the planet’s gravity also affects the star.Astronomers  are able to use sophisticated  tools to detect the tiny wobble the planet induces  as its gravity tugs on the star.

The virtual mountain of data was gathered as a part of a two decade radial velocity planet hunting programme that uses a spectrometer called HIRES,mounted on the 10-metre Keck-I telescope of the WM Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The compilation includes almost 61000 individual measurements made of more than 1600 stars.By making the data public , the team is offering unprecedented access to one of the best exoplanet searches in the world.

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