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Exoplanet

  • Planets outside of the Solar System
  • Difficult to find due to the brilliant glare of the stars they orbit
    • Indirect observation is best for detection
  • Thousands of exoplanets have been catalogued
    • Most are far more massive or larger in size than Earth
      • Smaller planets are simply harder to detect
      • Smaller planets are actually more common than larger planets

Detection Techniques

Exoplanet Discovery Missions

Space Planet