In February, a team behind NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope announced a historic discovery — seven Earth-sized planets in a nearby solar system, three of which orbit the star’s habitable zone. It was the largest haul of potentially habitable planets around a single star, exciting scientists and the public alike about the possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said the associate administrator of the agency’s science mission directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen.
Now, astronomers at the Planet Foundation want your help observing nearby exoplanets in search of life, seeking support via a Kickstarter campaign launched this week. They’re building a series of telescopes 10,000 feet up on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
“We’re trying to take this academic endeavor of finding signs of life on nearby exoplanets and open it up to the general public,” Kevin Lewis, who works on the campaign, told Digital Trends.
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