Number of known extrasolar planets rising

This is a record year for exoplanet research. So far, the statistics of show that there has been already 36 new exoplanet candidates either announced in refereed papers and scientific conferences or included in papers submitted to scientific journals (see figure below).


The figure shows only the exoplanet candidates detected by the radial velocity method. By the end of the year or early next year the COROT space telescope mission is expected to start to report new candidates based on the transit method. The mission has already reported its first gas giant (but only in a press release, hence it is not included in the statistics above).


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