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The Fight Over Who Really Found the First Exoplanet

22 Apr 2019, 10:00 UTC
The Fight Over Who Really Found the First Exoplanet NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

Exoplanets, nowadays, are commonplace. Impossibly hot gas giants, rocky super-Earths and prolific seven-planet systems have captivated scientists and the public alike. So it may be hard to remember only 30 years ago, when every new claim of a world outside the solar system was revolutionary and met with disbelief.

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