Exoplanets too numerous to count

Looks like Sol is not unique.

According to news relayed by Centauri Dreams, which cites the Dynamics of Cats, the CoRoT space telescope team is hinting at some very, very interesting discoveries that could soon hit the news.

CoRoT is designed to detect planetary transits, those periods when planets outside our solar system pass between their parent stars and our observatories trained on that space. Kepler will have a similar mission.

According to CoRoT:

[The craft] is discovering exo-planets at a rate only set by the available resources to follow up the detections.

As Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams has said elsewhere, future generations may well look back at this period as the golden age of exoplanetology, of discovering other worlds. Are we alone?

Are you kidding?


Wikipedia: COROT, Extrasolar planet