How this Canadian student has discovered 17 exoplanets

Student Michelle Kunimoto of the University of British Columbia in Canada has discovered 17 new exoplanets on her own.

The discovery of exoplanets seems to have become popular. So much so that there are already several people outside specialized research centers who have added planets to the list. The last of them is Michelle Kunimoto, a student at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has discovered 17 new exoplanets.

Kunimoto has fattened the map of exoplanets that NASA has created. And it has also been the American space agency that has put the means for the discoveries of this student. The Kepler space telescope, which is precisely used to search for these celestial bodies, has been the main tool used.

Obviously today there are techniques, such as artificial intelligence, that facilitate the search for exoplanets. But the method remains the same. At least it is in the case of Michelle Kunimoto. She has been guided by the blocking of light. And it is that every time a planet passes in front of a star, it blocks part of the luminosity that it emits. This reduction in light offers clues to the size of the planet or how long its orbit lasts.

This is how Michelle Kunimoto has discovered those 17 planets. His method of work has been based on diving into data from the Kepler Space Telescope. From them you have crossed the information to check the light blockages. But the most important finding of this student is an exoplanet with conditions for life.

Michelle Kunimoto

In search of another Earth
Michelle Kunimoto has found a planet in an area called “habitable” by being around a star. In this zone it is possible that the planets have liquid water, the basic requirement for life on Earth. In fact, this planet is approximately the same size as Earth. It would be the equivalent of 1.5 times our planet.

The orbit of this exoplanet would be only slightly more extensive than that of Mercury. Previously, only 15 planets had been found in this area. That of this student joins this exclusive list.

The quest to find candidate planets to contain life is increasingly intense. NASA has made great strides in this area. And the collaborative approach to this task has also made important contributions.

Images: NASA

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