Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More Exoplanets (Picture of the Day: 1/8/13)

An artist's representation of a habitable moon around a gas giant in a binary star system.
Source. Credit: Pixabay

This picture comes from a news article that I was recently reading. This article reported the discovery of several new exoplanets - 15 of which were in the habitable zone - by everyday people as a part of Planet Hunters, a website where data from Kepler is crowd sourced. The idea is that a bunch of people working together to analyze data and look for interesting inconsistencies are better able to identify anomalies, in this case exoplanets, than a computer. The idea is a good one, it is fun for those involved and it really does help progress scientific knowledge. I would recommend checking it out.

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