Sagan Institute director explains what life could be like near Trappist-1

Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, and director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, explains why NASA’s discovery is exciting and what life might look like on the seven Earth-like planets discovered near Trappist-1 – planets likely to have very high ultraviolet radiation flux on […]

Sagan Institute director available to offer insight into new NASA exoplanet research

On Wednesday, NASA will hold a news conference that is expected to present new findings related to planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets. Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, will be available to offer independent insight into the research findings. Kaltenegger is […]

Forget the moon. Future travel plans could include trips to Proxima Centauri, says Cornell astronomer

Lisa Kaltenegger, director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, is available for independent comment on today’s European Southern Observatory (ESO) announcement regarding a small planet around the flare star Proxima Centauri in the habitable zone. Kaltenegger, who did not take part in the study, is an expert on habitability and how to spot it on other […]

Exoplanet exploring researchers land at Cornell June 13-14

WHAT: Young researchers in exoplanet science will present research and discuss emerging ideas at the second annual Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium (ERES). WHEN: Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 14 WHERE: Room 120, Physical Sciences Building, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Daryl Lovell […]

Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars

ITHACA, N.Y. – All throughout the universe, there are stars in varying phases and ages. Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older. The oldest detected Kepler planets (exoplanets found using NASA’s Kepler telescope) are about 11 billion […]

Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute director available to comment on Kepler announcement

NASA officials are expected to announce the latest discoveries of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, is available to comment on the announcement. Bio: http://astro.cornell.edu/members/lisa-kaltenegger.html       For interviews contact: Daryl Lovell Office: […]

Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger says new hot planet is a really cool new discovery

Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, comments on the discovery of GJ 1132b, a new planet only 39-light years from us. Bio: http://astro.cornell.edu/members/lisa-kaltenegger.html   Kaltenegger says:    “GJ 1132b is an interesting, close-by, very hot, rocky planet. It has […]

Astronomers create array of Earth-like planet models

ITHACA, N.Y. – To sort out the biological intricacies of Earth-like planets, astronomers have developed computer models that examine how ultraviolet radiation from other planets’ nearby suns may affect those worlds, according to new research published June 10 in Astrophysical Journal. Media note: A sample planet model can be downloaded at, https://cornell.box.com/Planets “Depending on the […]

Rosetta results crucial to understand early solar system

Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of Cornell’s Institute for Pale Blue Dots, says while Rosetta’s results show Earth’s water probably did not come from comets, its research is still crucial to understanding the early solar system. Kaltenegger recently published a paper showing where […]