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September 24, 2011

People Discovering New Planets: From the Comfort of Their Living Rooms

I found this article to be pretty amazing and interesting since two weeks ago we were talking about the Goldie Locks planet (HD 85512b) that was found that astronomers believe is habitable. And now there is this article about Planet Hunters users who may have found two possible planets. The article from Science Daily says that the candidate planets orbit their host stars with periods ranging from 10 - 50 days. Sadly unlike the Goldie Locks planet these planets don't appear to be in the habitable zone around their star and so life isn't possible. But what I find most interesting is that fact that these possible planets were found normal web users like myself. I think that the Planet Hunters project is a great idea and I'm kind of disappointed that I am just now finding out about it. The idea that is NASA is sharing real data with users so that everyday people such as myself can be involved in the scientific discover of Planets is amazing. Now look where it has lead us, today we have two possible planets that were found by Planet Hunters users. According to the article, "Users found the two candidates in the first month of Planet Hunters operations using data the Kepler mission made publicly available." I'm glad that I know about this project now and I think that I am going to sign-up and if anyone else would like to sign up here is the url http://www.planethunters.org.

Posted by damiikwe at September 24, 2011 06:57 PM

Comments

Wow, I think that this is a great idea. There is a lot of data to go through and there are a lot of stars out there. I feel that the more people that we can get involved in discovering hidden plants, the better. It's a win-win situation for everyone. The process of finding stars will go much quicker and normal people like us can have fun, as well as be a part of something truly special.

Posted by: nzingas at September 24, 2011 09:43 PM

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