Gemini Observatory Instrumental in Exoplanet Harvest
Image montage showing the Maunakea Observatories, Kepler Space Telescope, and night sky with K2 Fields and discovered planetary systems (dots) overlaid. An international team of scientists discovered more than 100 planets based on images from Kepler operating in the ‘K2 Mission’. The team confirmed and characterized the planets using a suite of telescopes worldwide, including four on Maunakea (the twin telescopes of Keck Observatory, the GeminiNorth Telescope, and the Infrared Telescope Facility). The planet image on the right is an artist’s impression of a representative planet.Credit:
Art by Karen Teramura (UHIfA) based on night sky image of the ecliptic plane by Miloslav Druckmüller and Shadia Habbal, and Kepler Telescope and planet images by NASA.
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|Release date:||July 18, 2016|
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