28 Jun '16, 7pm

The Enterprise isn’t alone discovering new worlds. Meet our planet hunters. (Image @NASAJPL) https://t.co/VmniQaxo6b

UKIRT is just one project at Lockheed Martin that looks for exoplanets , or planets outside our solar system. To date, NASA has confirmed more than 3,200 planets outside our sun’s gravity, with thousands more under investigation. With such a wealth of possibilities, scientists need powerful tools to explore. One of the most important space telescopes of our time, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope , has also been used to find exoplanets. It was the first to directly detect light of planets outside our solar system. Its infrared sensors study image wavelengths around stars and can isolate planetary information. Not only can Spitzer detect planets, it can glean precise information about temperature, climate, all informing scientists in deciding if these worlds could sustain life. “Spitzer’s breadth makes it a remarkable tool for exoplanetary discovery and exploration,” said Mark...

Full article: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2016/space...

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