NASA has just released a surprisingly elaborate map of more than 4,000 known exoplanets outside our solar system, which takes the form of a video showing the number of exoplanets we discover each year since 1991.
Exoplanets do not only interest us because they revolve around a different star, but also because they have the potential to feed life.
This is an impressive visualization of the exponential rate at which we discover worlds outside light-years. This is partly thanks to NASA's now-retired NASA orbital space camera Kepler, which has been looking for exoplanets in far-off places since its launch in 2009.
While Kepler was to retire last year, other satellites and space telescopes have returned to the same path, including the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which recently spotted its smaller exoplanet.
And future space telescopes are also being planned, such as the European Exoplanets Characterization satellite, which is scheduled to launch later this year.
Unfortunately, NASA's latest planned space telescope, the James Webb telescope, has experienced many delays, while Congress has announced that the budget allocated to the project was considerably exceeded.
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