I just helped to find a new planetary system! (And I'm quite excited about it!) Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Australian volunteer citizen scientists have found four previously unknown planets orbiting a nearby star thanks to a crowd-sourcing project aired on the ABC's Stargazing Live. The four "Super Earth" planets are about double the size of Earth and are orbiting a star in the Aquarius constellation 600 light years away, said Dr Chris Lintott, the principal investigator of Zooniverse. .... The four discovered planets are most likely rocky and far too hot to support human life, Dr Lintott said. But he said the discovery was important scientifically because it was one of only one or two other systems he knew of where planets were packed together and it might tell astronomers more about how planets form. More here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-...lanets-discovered-in-new-solar-system/8423142 These four planets orbit a star similar to our Sun, but all four planets discovered in the system so far have orbits closer to their star than the orbit of the planet Mercury is to our Sun. But there are likely to be more planets orbiting the star further out. Astronomers will be examining the system more carefully in the coming months. --- If you'd like to get involved in this kind of project, and others, helping to analysing new scientific data and perhaps to be involved in a discovery like this yourself, here's a link: https://www.zooniverse.org/ I figure the least I can do is spam the link. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!