Find alien planets yourself!

This is so cool.

Using nothing but a regular DSLR camera, a zoom lens and a home-made tracking base David Schneider was able to detect a planet orbiting another star – HD 189733  63 light years away. His set-up cost him just a few dollars.

He did it by looking for occlusion dimming, where the planet moves in front of the star and temporarily blocks it’s light . Although it was already known that  a planet existed around that particular star, the possibilities are, literally, astronomic. just imagine a crowd-sourced exo-planet hunting project!



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