The Kepler Mission has measured planet radii and orbital periods for 3,000+ light curves. So what is next? Either we convince the continental USA to become amateur astronomers… Or we figure out ways to retrieve more planetary parameters from the Kepler data set. I’ll stick with the later. And so will the authors or this paper.
Artist’s impressions of exoplanets are often wrong!
Is CoRoT-7d real, or is it stellar activity masquerading as a planet? Haywood et al. build a noise model to analyze CoRoT-7’s activity to find out.
There are nine Earth-like planets detectable in the Kepler data set… better get searching!
From examining extrasolar planetary systems, we can test if the Titius-Bode “law” is actually a law.
Kepler finds the signature of a transiting white dwarf. Instead blocking the light of its companion star, the white dwarf magnifies it, creating a light curve that periodically brightens.
The orbits of some recently discovered exoplanets seem to be synchronised with the rotation of their host stars. Can this mystery be explained?
The number of confirmed planets existing outside our Solar System just doubled.
This month’s undergraduate research post features an analysis of distance-indicating RR Lyrae stars, and transiting exoplanet science using a code called OSCAAR.
The Kepler Space Telescope gets a promising second chance with a new mission called “K2″.