A Swiss team has helped discover a planet of similar mass to Earth, but orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system – the nearest to Earth. When it comes to this line of research, Swiss scientists are leading the.
As of 17 December 2013, a total of 1055 confirmed exoplanets are listed in the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia, including a few that were confirmations of controversial claims from the late 1980s. That count includes 801 planetary systems, of which 175 are multiple planetary systems. Kepler-16 contains the first discovered planet that orbits around a binary main-sequence star system.