Video Signals from the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System

Taugruishydra2This dazzling animation, composed by images gathered by the European Space Agency COROT satellite's 'exochannel' (the channel to look for exoplanets-planets orbiting other stars) between 31 January and 1 February 2007, shows three star candidates that will be studied by COROT in detail. The larger are the star 'spots', the higher is the temperature of the star’s surface. COROT's mission is to probe into the interiors of stars and to look for extra-solar planets, with the ultimate goal of finding planets that might have earthlike atmosphere's. Posted by Casey Kazan.

COROT Spacecraft Exochannel Video