How an exoplanet’s transits reveal starspots on HAT-P-11.
Kepler has stared at the stars and hundreds of exoplanets have waved back. Despite this, we struggle to detect the minor bodies we’re familiar with in our own Solar system around other stars…until recently that is. Today’s bite explores Kepler’s evidence for its first ever exocomet!
In today’s paper, after years spent on an impasse, we finally arrive at a consensus on the mass of the rocky exoplanet Kepler-10c. The discussion yields many important lessons on how to properly analyze radial velocities.
Read on to learn more about the discovery of the smallest star ever seen.
In today’s paper, we will see how Kepler-like large scale surveys on planet habitability is the smartest way to answer The Big Question.
Why can’t more exoplanet systems be like TRAPPIST-1? Why do so many Kepler systems have only one transiting planet? Today’s paper tries to answer both questions.