Milky Way Galaxy Atlas

Theoretical Earth-like Planet
Have you ever wondered how planets are discovered and who discovers them? The short answer is the Planet Hunters!

Planet Hunters are a new breed of planetary scientists that devote their time to finding planets around other stars. The planets that they find are called exoplanets. We will explain the various methods that scientists use to discover planets outside of our solar system. It is truly remarkable how these worlds have been discovered and continue to be discovered. The ultimate goal of planet hunting is to find another truly Earth-like planet capable of sustaining life as we know it!

In addition, we will discuss the career path that you can follow if you desire to become a Planet Hunter yourself! We have provided a link to an article on NASA's website that describes the career path a particular student took to become a Planet Hunter. Please read this article if you are interested in learning about what education you will need to achieve a career as a planetary scientist.

However, if you are not interested in pursuing Planet hunting as a career, there is a way that you can contribute directly in your spare time to find real planets right now. All that you need is your computer and a web browser. There is a project called The Planet Hunters. It is a website that allows the public to help identify possible planet signals within Kepler spacecraft data. You can learn more about their project and how to get started by visiting their website here.