How are exoplanets found?

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The type of information we know about exoplanets today: Mass, Radius and distance from the host star [click to enlarge]. Plot generated on the http://exoplanets.org/plots site – try plotting your own graph! 

 

Twinkle, as you possibly know by now from reading our website, is not a mission trying to find new exoplanets, but rather to study known ones. This means of course that to do our work, we need the exoplanets to already have been discovered.

There are many ways to find a planet, some unexpectedly simple for such a complex field as astronomy, and some slightly more abstract.

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EduTwinkle

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Clara Sousa Silva (second from right, front row) at Downing Street

Although the Twinkle Mission aims to look at the far reaches of space, we also have projects working a little closer to home; namely EduTwinkle. This is the branch of the mission working to bring a little more space exploration to British schools. Space is one of the best gateways into science, and using a gender balanced mission such as Twinkle as a starting point should help to tackle gender stereotypes about STEM professions from an early age by providing relatable role models. EduTwinkle is aimed at any and all students from primary through to the end of secondary education, in line with its aim to increase the uptake of underrepresented groups in STEM at A level and at university.

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