Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Era Of Planet Discovery On Horizon

The deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light, captured by Hubble Space Telescope Photo: NASA/AP

From The Telegraph:

Thousands of new planets will be identified in the next few years, some of which may harbour life, say scientists.

British astronomers are in the vanguard of the search, which could transform humanity's view of its place in the universe.

More than 400 ''exoplanets'' orbiting stars beyond the Sun have been catalogued so far since the first were discovered in 1991.

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