Breaking Ground In Interplanetary Reconaissance

Mar 20, 2013

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The existence of planets outside our solar system was first confirmed in 1992. Since then, nearly 900 extra solar planets have been identified, with NASA’s Keppler Mission detecting more than 18,000 potential planets, including 262 in the so-called “Goldilocks Zone,” or habitable range from the stars they orbit. Now, the American Museum of Natural History is breaking new ground in the observation of far-distant planets using high-tech spectroscopy and software for Project 1640.

Here to explain the project is Ben Oppenheimer, Associate Curator at the American Museum of Natural History and Professor of Astrophysics.