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NASA discovers thousands of exoplanets

Astronomers have found greater than 5,000 exoplanets, however they are saying that is only a fraction of the possible lots of of billions of exoplanets within the Milky Way galaxy.

HOUSTON — In the final 30 years, astronomers have found greater than 5,000 exoplanets, however they are saying that is only a tiny fraction of the possible lots of of billions of exoplanets within the Milky Way galaxy.

“Some of the oldest stars have planets,” NASA Astrophysicist Padi Boyd mentioned. “I manage a group of scientists that study exoplanets and stellar astrophysics.”

From earth, Boyd gazes past her wildest goals.

“In the 90s we finally had the technology and the methods to be able to detect these tiny self-luminous objects around other stars,” Boyd mentioned. “It’s been just a bounty of discovery.”

This year, NASA’s official planetary odometer has eclipsed 5,000. Among the cosmic milestone is a world orbiting two stars known as Kepler-16b. It’s just like Tatooine from Star Wars.

“There’s tremendous science fiction based on planets around other stars,” Boyd mentioned. “Until we had the methods to detect planets, we still didn’t know the answer to the question … like, are planets around stars common like we see around our sun? Or are they a very rare occurrence? We got the answer and they’re everywhere.”

Boyd mentioned there are lots of of billions of exoplanets on the market.

“Does that make you think we’re not the only ones out there?” KHOU 11 reporter Xavier Walton requested.

“So, of those hundreds of billions of planets is there a good chance that you’ll find a solar system that has a planet like Earth and an orbit like ours and a star like ours? I think a pretty good chance,” Boyd mentioned. “We should be able to know that there’s other type of life out there.”

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