extrasolar planets

 

 


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Kepler 452b: Second Earth (Fall 2017)

The possibility for life on other planets is something that has captivated our society since we first began exploring the space that exists beyond our earth. Technology is currently limited to only viewing these planets existing outside our solar system, however, it is plausible that with technology continually advancing, in the future these planets may not seem so far out of reach. In 2015, the earth-like exoplanet Kepler 452b was discovered by the NASA Kepler telescope.1 This discovery prompted an inquisition into the possibility for this planet to sustain life. Though this concept cannot currently be accepted or denied, this research will explore the parameters necessary for life on exoplanets, and which of these may be possible for Kepler 452b.

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The Search for Exoplanets: A Habitable Suitor (Winter 2017)

The hunt for exoplanets is one of the fastest-growing enterprises in astronomy, and for very good reason. An exoplanet, or extra-solar planet, is any planet that orbits a star other than our own Sun. These planets vary in size and distance from their star. If we can find planets with similar composition and features to Earth, we may discover extraterrestrial life, or a potential future home for humanity. This page will explore one of the most bountiful results of the exoplanet search, TRAPPIST-1, anaylsing the composition of this planetary system and the methods used by astronomers to discover it, and how research of this planet will proceed in the future.

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The Search for Exoplanets: A Habitable Suitor (Winter 2017)

Since humanity first turned its eyes towards the night sky and gazed in awe at the infinite wonder of the universe, we have been captivated by space. Exploration and discovery is as much a part of our human nature, as our desire to observe the depths of our origins, and understand the unknown. The search for exoplanets is one of the foremost, growing fields in the exploration of space. Exoplanets are planets located in distant extrasolar systems, orbiting stars other than our own, and vary in size from larger than Jupiter, to smaller than Earth.

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Proxima Centauri B: Is there an Earth-like planet orbiting our nearest neighbour? (Fall 2016)

Proxima Centauri B is a planet that orbits a star outside of the solar system, which is known as an exoplanet. This exoplanet was thought to be previously discovered in 2012 by astronomers but proved to be a false signal due to insufficient data. Advancements in instruments allowed researchers to verify the signal which led to the discovery of exoplanet Proxima Centauri B in 2016

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Solar Systems Beyond (Winter 2016)

Until relatively recently in human history, our observational capacity from Earth has been rather limited. Presently technological advancements and innovations have arisen allowing us to uncover and understand more of the mysteries and intricacies of the universe. Recent observational research initiatives have led to the discovery of planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. These discoveries have raised many questions including whether or not any planets would be capable of supporting life, which has fueled motivation for additional research

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