Royal Observatory Astronomer Dr Greg Brown takes you through the ongoing search for planets around distant stars.
The search for exoplanets is one of the youngest fields of research in astronomy, and yet is one of the biggest and fastest growing. Robotic telescopes and probes producing vast quantities of data are throwing out new candidate exoplanets at an alarming rate, and future missions will improve on this even further. In this course, Dr Greg Brown will take you through the problems and solutions in the search for exoplanets, from the techniques used, to the wealth of information gained, all with the aim of reaching the holy grail of exoplanet research, a true Earth twin.
The following questions will be discussed in this course:
- What is the history of the hunt for exoplanets?
- Why are astronomers interested in studying these worlds?
- How do current missions look for these tiny worlds around distant stars?
- What can we expect from the future of exoplanet research?
- How do we search for life on these exoplanets?