UCSB Astronomer Uncovers The Hidden Identity Of An Exoplanet

Using Canada’s Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars (MOST) space telescope, Diana Dragomir a UCSB astronomer from the Department of Physics along with the UC Santa Barbara-affiliated Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network has been able to determine the true size and mass of exoplanet HD 97658b. HD 97658b is a super-Earth, a class of planet for which there is no example in our home solar system. Dragomir was able to analyze the data using code written by LCOGT postdoctoral fellow Jason Eastman. The results were published on July 3, 2013 in the Astophysical Journal Letters.

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Diana Dragomir and Jason Eastman