New telescope capable of “detecting any planet” in the “Goldilocks” zone

Professor Peter Tuthill, an astrophysical imaging expert at the University of Sydney, says the University of Sydney-led project to study the “Goldilocks” near Alpha Centaur is “able to detect any planet” in the area.

“If you’ve been paying attention to astronomical news, you’ll find that announcements about new planets are pretty common these days, you know we see them constantly in the news, every other week another planet is found,” he told Sky News Australia.

“That kind of obscures a bit of the gloomy secret of astronomy, and it’s that we’re not really very good at finding planets.”

Professor Tuthill said the most common way to find planets was to “go explore a set of them” and use “luck to find one,” which would not work in the “Goldilocks” zone.

“This equation doesn’t work when you want to find a planet around the nearest star on Earth,” he said.

“If you want to find a planet there, you can’t count on luck – you need a real research task that can really answer the question” is there a planet or not. ”

Professor Tuthill said this was a “special secret sauce” in the TOLIMAN – Telescope for Orbit Locus Interferometric Monitoring of Astrological Neighborhood project.

“It can detect any planet that is in these habitable zones, all the way to the smallest planets on earth,” he said.

“Gas giants like Jupiter would be easy to find, but we want rocky giants where we hope there’s a solid surface where life could have evolved the way we know it.”


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