Woohoo 200 extrasolar planets!
The 200th extrasolar planet detection has been released. I wonder what percentage of the public still believe there is just nine planets? Well there are 8 in our solar system, yes the IAU (International Astronomical Union) won’t do it but I am – I’m removing Pluto! Shock. Anyway outside of our solar system some 200 planets are now known, some are a littel dubious but not that many. The field of extrasolar planets is continuing to grow, luck I work in it then. The 200th planet itself was detected via the radial velocity method ([here for the paper]. Further reading: [USA Today article] on the 200th detection.