Nasa ‘to find more than 12,000 ALIEN planets by 2024’ – including ‘dozens of Earth-like worlds’

NASA has discovered thousands of new planets so far – and where many more come from.

According to scientists, the agency’s exoplanet-hunting spacecraft TESS will discover 12,000 exoplanets by 2024.

Nasa is searching for Earth-like planets outside the Solar System


Nasa is searching for Earth-like planets outside the Solar SystemCredit: Getty

Launched four years ago, the Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a space telescope designed to search for unexplored worlds.

It is searching an area of ​​the sky 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission in search of possible candidates for alien life.

To date, TESS has found nearly 5,000 worlds of all shapes and sizes, including gas giants, Neptune-like ice worlds, and the so-called Super-Earths.

The Super-Earth is more massive than our planet, less than the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

A piece of paper online publishing last month predicted the number of alien planets TESS would find during its seven-year mission.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology performed their calculations using data collected by the $287 million spacecraft to date.

According to the team, new exoplanets will be discovered in readings already taken by TESS as well as figures it has not yet taken.

They predict that the probe will explore thousands more worlds during its three scheduled missions.

In total, the researchers expect the discovery of 4,719 exoplanets from TESS’s main mission, which runs from 2018 to 2020.

The next 3,707 and 4,093 worlds will emerge from the first and second expansion missions that will run from 2022 to 2024.

That’s a staggering total of 12,519 exoplanets, including dozens of Earth-like worlds that may or may not be inhabited by alien bacteria.

The study was published in the pre-print journal Arxiv and has yet to be peer-reviewed.

Exoplanets are planets outside our Solar System. Thousands have been discovered since the 1980s.

As well as being potential sites for extraterrestrial life, they offer the opportunity to better understand the evolution of the universe.

According to Nasa’s exoplanet databaseOf the ten exoplanets found this year, six are larger than Jupiter.

These include HD 69123 b, which is three times the size of the gas giant and lies 245 light-years from Earth.

According to Nasa, it orbits a K-type star and takes more than three years to complete each trip around its host.

Several smaller exoplanets have also been unearthed by astronomers.

Nasa's TESS spacecraft launched in 2018


Nasa’s TESS spacecraft launched in 2018Credit: Nasa

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