Dozens of planets found outside solar system


Thirty-two new planets have just been discovered, some five times the mass of Earth and others far bigger than Jupiter. But don’t bother going outside, it’s not like you’re going to see them or anything. These alien orbs are outside of our solar system.

The exoplanets, found through the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) spectrometer, was revealed Monday by European astronomers, bringing the number of worlds discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.

As for the new planets, they can’t really tell if they’re habitable. Twenty-eight of them are so-called “super-Earths” with masses 20 times the size of Earth or less, and are thus probably rocky planets. However, most are made up of toxic gas, and thus would be inhospitable to support life.

Scientists are excited about the new findings because they say that they significantly boost the evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop.

[Photo: European Southern Observatory]