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exoplanet (plural exoplanets)
- (astronomy, planetology) A planet which exists outside Earth's solar system.
- Synonyms: exosolar planet, extrasolar planet
- Coordinate terms: exocomet, exomoon
- Hyponym: super-Earth
- 2007, Alexander Hellemans, "Dangling a COROT", Scientific American, vol. 297, no. 3, p. 32:
- More such announcements will likely come in the months to follow, as the first space observatory dedicated to hunting exoplanets, called COROT, begins full operation and researchers complete their calculations.
- 2013 May-June, Kevin Heng, “Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily?”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 184:
- In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter. Their densities range from that of styrofoam to iron.
- 2019 September 11, Michael Greshko, “Water found on a potentially life-friendly alien planet”, in National Geographic:
- In a first for astronomers studying worlds beyond our solar system, data from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet. Although this exoplanet orbits a star that is smaller than our sun, it falls within what’s known as the star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where it would be warm enough for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface.
planet outside Earth's solar system