Tag Archives | planethunt

Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet

This illustration shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B. With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in “Star Wars” looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, we know that two-star systems can indeed support planets. original

Continue Reading

Planet Hunters Named in TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People

Three extraordinary planet-hunters have been recognized by TIME Magazine as this year’s top 100 most influential people: Natalie Batalha from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley; Michael Gillon from the University of Liège in Belgium; and Guillem Anglada-Escudé from the Queen Mary University in London. original

Continue Reading

Light From An Ultra-Cool Neighbor

During the period of Dec. 15, 2016 and March 4, the Kepler spacecraft, operating as the K2 mission, observed TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star home to seven Earth-size planets that are likley rocky. At image center is the light from TRAPPIST-1 collected by Kepler’s onboard camera. original

Continue Reading

NASA's Kepler Provides Another Peek At Ultra-cool Neighbor

New observational data of the TRAPPIST-1 system from Kepler are expected to allow astronomers to refine the previous measurements of six planets, pin down the orbital period and mass of the seventh and farthest planet, TRAPPIST-1h, and learn more about the magnetic activity of the host star. original

Continue Reading

Space, astronomy and science