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How Can I Find Out the Latest Exoplanet That Has Been Discovered?

Exoplanet research is advancing so that a new exoplanet discovered weekly, sometimes daily. So I here I will show you the most reliable way to find the latest exoplanet that has been discovered. Go to the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia catalog page and near the top of the page you will see, headings on the very first row of the table. If you click on any heading, the entire table will be sorted by values for that heading, either in ascending or descending order. If you click the heading of a column twice, the order will change from ascending to descending (for numerical columns) or vice versa (i.e., clicking the heading acts as a toggle). Note that some rows will have a blank entry for a particular column and these blanks will be bunched together either at the end or beginning of a sorted column.

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To find out what is the the latest exoplanet, the best that can be done is to sort on the column with the heading “Updated.”, in descending date order. The first row then corresponds to what you are looking for with one caveat: the row may correspond simply to an update in the parameters for an exoplanet rather than a discovery. Thus, to be sure, what you need to due is to click on the name of the exoplanet, and you will then be taken to a page with much more detail about the planet. On this page you will find the date that the exoplanet was discovered, and a reference to a paper in the literature. If it turns out that the date of discovery is earlier than the date of the update, then you need to go down the rows in the original table sorted on the heading “update.”

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