42 Alien Planets Found by Amateur Astronomers from Planet Hunters Project

By on Jan 13, 2013 in Astronomy, Science Comments

The forty two (42) alien planets found by a group of amateur researchers from the Planet Hunters project are now awaiting confirmation from professional astronomers, according to a Live Science report on Friday, January 11, 2013.

About 40 volunteers of Planet Hunters, one of many Zooniverse projects, reportedly discovered the planet candidates by going through the public data gathered by the NASA Kepler spacecraft.

Zooniverse Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets
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The 42 exoplanet discovery include PH2 b, a gigantic planet compared to the size of Jupiter and 15 others that shows a potential to support life.

According to the team, the 42 alien planets are probably in the Goldilocks area, which is considered as a habitable zone with liquid water on its surface and can support life.

Chris Lintott, an English astrophysicist at the Department of Physics in Oxford University and works at Zooniverse, explained that “These are planet candidates that slipped through the net, being missed by professional astronomers and rescued by volunteers in front of their web browsers. It’s remarkable to think that absolutely anyone can discover a planet.”

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