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Cross-Atlantic Planet Hunting

  What do you do when the exoplanet transit you’re observing falls out of sight halfway through? Unistellar citizen astronomer Bruno Guillet solved the quandary by reaching across the Atlantic Ocean. He and fellow Unistellar citizen astronomer Justus Randolph recently made a transatlantic observation of exoplanet candidate TOI 2031.01, gathering enough data for Unistellar and…

What is an exoplanet?

Simply put, exoplanets are planets that lie beyond our solar system. So first, we have to understand the definition of a planet. Planets are worlds that orbit our Sun, like Mars, Jupiter, and of course, our own Earth. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union adopted the infamous new definition of planet, which left out Pluto…