Scientists first time discovered planets outside the Milky Way

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This is the first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy,” astronomer Xinyu Dai, professor who led the study said. “We can estimate that the number of planets in this [faraway] galaxy is more than a trillion,” he added.This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away, and there is not the slightest chance of observing these planets directly, not even with the best telescope one can imagine in a science fiction scenario. Scientists were able to observe the magnified signatures of extragalactic exoplanets, produced by the magnifying effect caused by the gravitational influence of intermediary objects.

Chandra X-ray-Observatory
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory

“This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away, and there is not the slightest chance of observing these planets directly, not even with the best telescope one can imagine in a science fiction scenario. However, we are able to study them, unveil their presence and even have an idea of their masses,” postdoctoral researcher Eduardo Guerras revealed. The Chandra X-ray observatory, which was launched into space in 1999, is controlled by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

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