A new research study suggests that NASA’s latest telescope should allow humans to discover around 1,400 new planets outside the solar system. This is set to be the clearest and largest view of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope is known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission or WFIRST in short.
Who is Detailing the Findings?
The research study has been conducted by astronomers from The Ohio State University. The team has worked to estimate the possible findings of WFIRST. To date, their findings and estimates, which were just published in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, give a detailed look into WFIRST.
WFIRST has been designed by NASA together with astronomers from all over the country. Its quest is to discover many new planets and explore dark energy. Dark energy is the still very mysterious force that penetrates what is otherwise empty space. It could be the key to unraveling more insights into how the universe continues to expand.
There’s a lot of excitement about the doors that the WFIRST mission is going to unlock. It is expected to allow for more focused and accurate search for life beyond this planet. The lead author for the study is Matthew Penny, a postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State. He believes WFISRT can allow them to look into everything that affects planetary systems, including the not so obvious things.
It is expected that WFIRST is going to find planets that are further from their stars when compared to those that have been found as yet. The Kepler mission is the foundation on which the WFIRST is going to be working soon. This mission, which ended in October 2018, was responsible for the discovery of 2,600 new planets. The deep-space telescope was used to locate these outside the earth’s solar system.