Since the online citizen-science project "Planet Hunters" launched in December 2011, 40,000 global web users have been helping professional astronomers analyze the light from 150,000 stars in the hopes of discovering Earth-like planets orbiting them.
Users analyze real scientific data collected by NASA's Kepler mission, which has been searching for planets beyond our own solar system--called exoplanets--since its launch in March 2009.
Now astronomers at Yale University have announced the discovery of the first two potential exoplanets discovered by Planet Hunters users in a study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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Publication information: Article title: New Planets. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: The Science Teacher. Volume: 78. Issue: 8 Publication date: November 2011. Page number: 22. © 2009 National Science Teachers Association. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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