COROT – in search of new planets

COROTA French satellite designed to hunt out for new rocky planets outside our solar system has started work after a series of successful tests, according to the European Space Agency. COROT, the satellite carries a telescope capable of detecting small, rocky planets by measuring the light emitted by a star and detecting the drop in brightness caused when a planet passes in front of it.

The performance of the instruments and of the spacecraft is reported to exceed the expectations of the scientists who have deduced that there are planets orbiting stars other than the sun, by measuring their ‘wobble’ or gravitational pull, but have never before been able to see them. The space agency will start scouring for planets after the work of fine tune equipment is completed.


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