University Of Chicago Grad Student Helps Discover A Planet

Jim Gudas
January 10, 2019 - 11:49 am

American Astronomical Society


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A University of Chicago graduate student has discovered a planet, with help from volunteers. 

U of C astronomy grad student Adina Feinstein is a sensation at this week's meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle with her findings on the discovery of the planet K2-288Bb, which is 226 light years from Earth.

"It's twice the size of Earth and it does indeed orbit in the habital zone of the secondary start," Feinstein said, which means there's a chance it can have water and possible life, though Feinstein said that is highly unlikely. 

The Sun-Times reports worked with NASA, where she interned, to make telescope data of the area where the planet was believed to be available to external volunteers.

The team found evidence of the planet passing between its star and Earth by noticing a minute dip in the light coming from that star.

Check out the full interview between WBBM Newsradio's Jim Gudas and Adina Feinstein below.