Corot Satellite finds ten more exoplanets

14 June 2011

The latest exoplanet discoveries made by the Corot satellite will be presented at a meeting at the Institute of Physics on 15 June by Dr Suzanne Aigrain. Corot is a satellite developed by the French Research agency CNES. It uses the transit method to find planets around stars, making very accurate brightness measurements of stars to detect the dips in brightness that occur when planets pass in front of a star, blocking out a fraction of the starlight. Detailed analysis of the variations in brightness allow the team to infer the size of the planets and they have identified a number of so-called hot jupiters and a star orbited by two planets of similar size to Neptune.