Deep space: Are there any planets outside our solar system?

Did You Know: Space – Are there any planets outside our solar system?

When you look up at the night sky, most of the stars you can see probably have at least one planet orbiting around them.

There are many planets outside our solar system and more are being discovered all the time

What are rogue planets?

CFBDSIR 2149-0403

Some planets travel alone through space and do not orbit a parent star. These types of planets, such as CFBDSIR 2149-0403 pictured below, are known as rogue planets.

Kepler 62f

This exoplanet is bigger than the Earth and is about 1,200 light-years away. That is too far to take any pictures, so scientists use their research to draw what they think it looks like

Water world

Kepler 62f takes 267 days to orbit around its parent star, which is called Kepler 62. Its orbit sits in the habitable zone of the star and scientists think that the planet could be covered in water.