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Over the last 15 years, hundreds of exoplanets have been identified and studied orbiting around stars elsewhere in our Galaxy. Many of these planets are surprisingly different from those in our own Solar System. Recently, however, NASA's Kepler satellite has identified thousands of probable planetary systems, many of which have similarities to our own.
We will discuss these exciting discoveries, including the application of basic astrophysical techniques to determine the properties of these exoplanets, most of which cannot be directly imaged.
Finally we will discuss the prospects for identifying nearby habitable exoplanets with ESA's PLATO satellite or similar missions in the future.
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