Astronomy expert to discuss amateur astronomer exoplanet observation techniques

Submitted by wdc on Tue, 2017-10-31 09:25

<p>New research has astronomers believing that most stars outside of the solar system have one or more planets orbiting them called extrasolar planets – or exoplanets – some of which could potentially harbor life. The Kepler space telescope has had great success in detecting exoplanets by measuring the dip in light of a planet’s host star as the planet passes in front of it. But, can a properly trained amateur astronomer also detect such transits? </p>