New Method of Finding Planets Scores First Discovery

Astronomers have found a new exoplanet for the first time using a method that relies on physicist Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity. These distant worlds are usually discovered by looking for stars that wobble or that dim, and identifying the orbiting planets that cause those effects.

The newly-discovered planet – formally known as Kepler-76b – was detected from three small effects that occur simultaneously as it orbits its star. One is subtle changes in the star’s …

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