Now Announcing TESS, NASA’s Next Planet-Hunter
NASA announced on April 6 that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been selected for development in its latest round of Explorer-class mission proposals. The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2017.
Planet Hunters strikes it rich: the first confirmed exoplanet in a four-star system.
Yale’s Planethunters has its first exoplanet candidate confirmed by the Kepler mission – the first point for crowdsourced exoplanet hunting.
First multiple exoplanet eclipse spotted by Kepler
A team from the University of Japan have found a unique occurrence in data from Kepler – the first multiple planet eclipse around a star called KOI-94.
Kepler discovers first multi-planet binary system
NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered its first multiple-planet binary star system. The system, Kepler 47, is 4,900 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. While theorised, it has never been confirmed before that a planet could survive the tidal forces produced by the gravity of two stars in close proximity.