New Delhi: Exoplanets – those discovered as well as those yet to be revealed – have been in the radar of scientists and astronomers ever since their existence came to light.
In-depth research has revealed spectacular information, especially related to life in and beyond our solar system.
Now, a study has delivered more insights saying that exoplanets orbiting the same star tend to have similar sizes and a regular orbital spacing.
This pattern, revealed by observations of planetary systems discovered by the Kepler Telescope, could suggest that most planetary systems have a different formation history than the solar system, researchers said.
They used the W M Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawaii to obtain high-resolution spectra of 1,305 stars hosting 2,025 transiting planets originally discovered by Kepler.
From these spectra, the researchers measured precise sizes of the stars and their planets.
Published in The Astronomical Journal, the study led by astrophysicist Lauren…