Space continues to surprise us all with its size and infinity. Even the Milky Way Galaxy, which is in this infinity, has millions of objects that are still undiscovered.
However, thanks to the advancing technology and advancing science, research outside our own galaxy is also gaining momentum, and new discoveries are made every day.
A group of scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that they may have succeeded in discovering the first planet in a different galaxy, in their research published last week.
Although the research has not yet been finalized, this research shared by scientists has managed to attract the attention of the entire scientific world.
The first planet outside of our own galaxy may have been discovered:
Before going into the details of the research, it is necessary to mention how important this discovery is. The Milky Way Galaxy, which includes our Solar System, contains more than 500 different solar systems, according to the discoveries made so far. But the estimated number of solar systems exceeds millions. So there are probably over millions of planets in our own galaxy that we haven’t discovered.
All of the planets discovered to date were located in different star systems in the Milky Way Galaxy. But over the years, scientists have begun to discover star systems in other galaxies.
Although traces of planets have been found in these star systems, no planets have so far been revealed. Let us remind you that the published research is not yet complete, so the new planet may not be certain either.
According to the published research, the first planet found may be the planet called M51-ULS-1b in the Vortex Galaxy, which is 23 million light years away from us.
This planet revolves around one of the brightest X-ray sources in the galaxy, XRS, according to scientists. According to shared details, the diameter of the planet is slightly smaller than Saturn’s diameter.
More details are not yet available in the research. It seems that getting these details will not be so quick. Because, according to published research, the methods used to discover planets in our own galaxy may not be sufficient to discover planets in distant galaxies in the future. Still, this discovery reminded us once again of the size of space.