08/31/2012

Gazing Up at a Double Sun

An artists depiction of the Kepler-47 system. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
An artists depiction of the Kepler-47 system. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope have found multiple planets orbiting a double star system, 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Jerome Orosz, lead author on a paper describing the find, explains how the astronomers made the discovery and the importance of the find for the search for habitable planets.

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Jerome Orosz

Jerome Orosz is an associate professor of astronomy at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.

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