SS Division Science Highlights

  • Title: Characterizing Exoplanets Using High Resolution Imaging
  •  POC: Steve Howell (SS Division Chief)

Short Story:

The discovery of exoplanets, planets orbiting alien suns, has led to a revolution in astrophysics. Today, one of the most exciting and challenging pursuits is to identify another planet similar to our Earth on which life might exist. The Earth, a small rocky planet, has liquid water on its surface, likely a necessary condition for life. Most exoplanet discoveries have been made via the transit technique using NASA’s space-based telescopes Kepler/K2 and TESS. The observed transit allows one to measure the radius of the detected planet—assuming the size of the star it orbits is well known.  For more information please see attached below.

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