INFOGRAPHIC: A planet-hunter’s guide to the galaxy

How to find, characterize and understand planets from light years away

February 26, 2014

As observational technologies develop, scientists are finding out that planets around other stars are shockingly common — whether Earthlike or much more bizarre. Learn the ins and outs of one of the fastest growing research fields in space science with this infographic.

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An infographic describing the different ways of finding and categorizing planets outside our solar system.

About the Author

Sarah Lewin

Sarah Lewin enjoys explaining things. She recently graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in mathematics. Her achievements, aside from winning a Pokemon tournament in second grade, center generally around explaining math and science with WGBH’s NOVA, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Vector research blog as well as through assorted freelance work. Look her up at Sarah Explains.


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