Global One (G1)— When NASA asked for volunteers, tens of thousands of citizen scientists answered the call — and discovered a planet that’s potentially habitable.
The planet was photographed by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, but there was simply too much data for NASA to analyze alone.
So they put out a call for help — and over 20,000 members of Exoplanet Explorers — a citizen scientist internet group — volunteered to analyze the data.
A group of them discovered K2-288Bb, a planet 226 light years from the sun.
The exciting thing about this planet is its location.
It’s within the so-called habitable zone, meaning it may potentially have liquid water.
Scientists say its size and orbit make it “relatively uncommon.”
A scientist who presented the findings said, “The role of citizen scientists will likely become even more crucial to the detection of interesting transiting exoplanets.”
So next time NASA calls for help, answer — you may just discover a habitable planet.