Saturday, February 3, 2018

New Star System Discovered Opens Up Possibilities for Future Space Telescopes

Article Written By: Bright Li


Image Credit: ESO

    Recently, data from NASA’s Kepler K2’s Campaign 13 has revealed a star called LP 415-17 which contains three orbiting super-Earth exoplanets.

    The three massive planets are known as LP 415 B, C, and D which have a trio of radii of 1.8, 2.6 and 1.9 times that of Earth respectively. The star LP 415-17 itself is 58% that of our Sun and has a mass of 65% that of the Sun.

    The planets were detected using the transit method in which researchers measured dips in the quantity of light transmitted from the stars as a planet transits.

    Quote from Dr. Francisco Javier de Cos Juez, University of Oviedo, “This system is suitable to improve our understanding of formation and dynamical evolution of super-Earth systems in the rocky-gaseous threshold.”

    In addition, the LP 415-17 system is also a prime observational target for future facilities including the NASA, ESA, and CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

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