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Episode 40: Amateurs Search for Extrasolar Planets

Play Jun 15•4:12

An international team of professional and amateur astronomers, using simple, off-the-shelf equipment to search the skies for planets outside our solar system, has struck gold. The astronomers discovered a Jupiter-sized planet, named XO-1b, orbiting a Sun-like star 600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Corona Borealis. Using modest telescopes to search for extrasolar planets could crea...

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