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Citizen scientists discover five super-Earth exoplanets using Kepler data

13 Jan 2018, 09:34 UTC
Citizen scientists discover five super-Earth exoplanets using Kepler data
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The citizen scientists have discovered a new star system that is orbited by five planets. This discovery of five new exoplanets by citizen scientists has been confirmed by the scientists of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US as well as the CALTECH in Pasadena. The five exoplanets are orbiting a far-off sun-like star called K2-138 which is situated almost 620 light years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius.
As per the data collected by NASA’s Kepler telescope, these five planets are called as super-Earth as their sizes range between 1.6 and 3.3 times the radius of Earth. All these five planets are orbiting their parent star in a resonance chain, which is unique. Since 2009, the Kepler telescope under the K2 mission is looking at sun-like star systems beyond our solar system that harbor Earth-like planets. A research team led by Dr. Jesse Christiansen, from Caltech in Pasadena, carried out the latest research whose results were revealed at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in National Harbour.
According to the researchers, the citizen scientists across the world contributed immensely to the discovery of the five super-Earth exoplanets. The research team carried out their project dubbed Exoplanet Explorers ...

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