PAOC Spotlights

3 Questions: Sara Seager on discovering a trove of new planets

Mon February 7th, 2011
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office
Kepler-11 is a sun-like star around which six planets orbit. At times, two or more planets pass in front of the star at once, as shown in this artist's conception of a simultaneous transit of three planets observed by NASA's Kepler. Image: NASA/Tim Pyle NASA’s Kepler orbiting telescope has found hundreds of new possible planets, including 54 in the so-called 'habitable zone. Professor Sara Seager speaks to the MIT news office about recent exoplanetary discoveries.

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