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 […]