How to Confirm more than 100 exoplanets at once! Keck Observatory and K2 Mission Results

Joins us for live chat here: http://deepastronomy.com/live An extraordinary discovery of numerous exoplanets was made by combining NASA's K2 mission data with follow-up observations by ground-based telescopes including the W. M. Keck Observatory and

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An extraordinary discovery of numerous exoplanets was made by combining NASA's K2 mission data with follow-up observations by ground-based telescopes including the W. M. Keck Observatory and Gemini on Mauna Kea, and a twin Gemini telescope in Chile. Of the numerous exoplanet candidates found, more than 100 are confirmed planets. One system has four planets possibly similar to Earth.

The researchers are using the new method for observing with the planet finding Kepler telescope, a mission called “K2”. In the new observing scheme, the satellite is moved to different fields making innovative studies possible. By using multiple observatories world wide, the researchers could verify and diagnose the exo-planets..

Join Tony Darnell as he discusses with Jessie Christiansen, David Ciardi, and Courtney Dressing (Caltech) about the techniques used to combine clever ideas and use several telescopes to find these planets.

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