It’s not every night you stumble across something on the internet that is as bizarre as being officially acknowledged for helping to find an exoplanet. I enrolled with Planet Hunter years ago (around 2011), and dabbled for fun picking out images that may indicate the presence of a planet orbiting a star.
Easy stuff really.
Looks like we found two exoplanets, detected by amateur astronomers using the Planet Hunters’ Zooniverse project.
The first planetary system, KIC 10905746 hosts at least one planet. KIC 10905746 b is a Super-earth planet 2.5 times larger than the earth, orbiting the 13th magnitude M-type star, which is located in the Cygnus constellation 500 light years away.
The second is KIC 6185331 b, an extrasolar planet, 7.9 times larger than the Earth, orbiting 15th magnitude star KIC 6185331, which is located in the Lyra constellation 4784 light years.
Both exoplanets have tight fast orbits around their stars (orbits are 9.88 and 49.8 days respectively) so they’re pretty inhospitable. Hopefully, more data would reveal more planets with longer and wider orbits in these systems because now I have to include these two in a space opera if I get to write one.
- KIC 10905746 b
- KIC 6185331 b
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