Morning Edition: Hunting For Planets

Look for new planets and stars while eating chips and listening to Wilco.

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Morning Edition: Hunting For Planets

Astronomers spend countless hours gazing into space looking for new planets well beyond our solar system. Yale University's Project Planet Hunters enlists the help of online users to their website to analyze data and help find new planets. And it looks like those online users may have found two new potential planets. The results are being published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Joining us by phone this morning is Meg Schwamb, she is a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, and a member of the Planet Hunters team.