NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope might not be doing much anymore, but discoveries are still being made thanks to the data it left behind. By analyzing its historical records, and crowdsourcing help from volunteer astronomers, a citizen team has discovered a new planet roughly twice the size of Earth. The planet, known as K2-288Bb, could be rocky, or gas-rich, similar to Neptune. Its discovery is particularly exciting because the planet’s size (just slightly smaller than Neptune) is so rare among those beyond our solar system – known as exoplanets.
Most don’t know that many, many, many astronomical discoveries have been made by “amateurs”