Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Small Telescope Catches Exoplanet

And now for some good news: An amateur astronomer caught GJ 436 b, a “Hot Neptune,” in transit across its star, an M-class red dwarf some 33 light years from Earth. This was not seen by a big telescope, but by a small telescope that can be used in a backyard.

The next few decades will be exciting for astronomy.

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