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Astronomers to study 2,000 stars to detect earth-like planets


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

A team of astronomers has identified nearly 2,000 stars to study, and discover Earth-like, life-sustaining planets. Astronomers from Cornell, Lehigh and Vanderbilt universities have limited their research to 250 stars.

According to the Daily Mail website, researchers will use the satellite (TESS), Which can scan 85 percent of the entire sky, the devices on the satellite are sensitive enough to detect Earth-sized planets that may orbit around 1823 stars.

“Our ambition is not to discover hundreds of Earth-like worlds in other solar systems, but to find them around our nearest solar systems, and in a few years we will know very well that there are other areas with a comfortable atmosphere for breathing,” said Kevin Stasson, professor of physics and astronomy in a statement.

The researchers explained that among the main factors that helped them to choose these viable outer planets are their proximity to the orbital star as well as the star type.

The researchers said in a statement that they would monitor the bright and cold dwarf stars, four light years away.

In case of TESS By identifying a planet with a planet-like atmosphere, the researchers say the next step would be to see if it actually contains life, and the task will be more difficult.

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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