Astronomers now have more tools than ever before to discover planets outside our solar system,media BGR reported. Astronomers now know more than 4,100 exoplanets, Space.com reported. These are confirmed extraterrestrial worlds, and do not take into account “exoplanet candidates”, who need more observation before confirming them. Now, however, astronomers are faced with the near-impossible prospect of scrutinizing each exoplanet.
When a large number of exoplanet monkeys are discovered, every newly confirmed world has the potential to reveal the unknown secrets of the universe. Now that thousands of never-before-seen planets are piling up, astronomers must decide which planets to focus on, meaning many of these exoplanets have not attracted much attention since they were discovered.
Jessie Christiansen of the California Institute of Technology told Space.com: “Because there are so many exciting candidateplanets coming in, so far we have so many options, and we don’t actually have to study and identify each planet.” You really have to prioritize, you have to look at this list of upcoming planets and say, ‘Well, which planet do we think we’re going to get the most out of?’ ‘”
When the backlog of proven exoplanets and candidate exoplanets is, scientists need to focus on the planets that seem to be the most interesting. Certain types of worlds, such as hot Jupiters – super-hot gas giant planets orbiting their stars – ultimately seem much more interesting than the rocky worlds that exist in the habitable zones of their respective stars.
Worst of all, the problem will continue to worsen as tools to discover new planets become more advanced. This is a problem that researchers must solve, but it may be difficult to find solutions.