Discovering planets beyond our Solar System

In 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a single star called, Trappist-One. Now, data has revealed new clues about the composition of these exoplanets and their potential to support life. Astronomy and astrophysics professor at the CUNY College of Staten Island, Emily Rice, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

SciTech Now Episode 433

In this episode of SciTech Now, we take a tour of the Black Moshannon State Park; discover planets beyond our Solar System; explore the relationship between science and religion; and go inside the Witte Museum.

What are exoplanets and how do we name them?

For years, distant stars were thought to be planet-free, but we now know they have rings of exoplanets. Sara Seager is a pioneer in the field of exoplanet characterization. In a Google Hangout with reporter Andrea Vasquez, Seager discusses the importance of not only charting these exoplanets, but also naming them.

SciTech Now Episode 238

In this episode of SciTech Now, a New York-Historical Society exhibit on advancements in tech; the many connections between STEM and hip hop; the importance of charting and naming exoplanets; and the complicated physics behind removing dams.

My interview with an alien hunter

On January 6, the world learned of eight new exoplanets – that is, planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun – existing somewhere deep in our universe. And of these newly discovered planets, one lying some 470 light-years away appears to be more Earth-like than any previous contender. The planet called Kepler 438b, though […]