College student finds 4 previously unknown planets

Canadian College Student Finds Four Previously Unknown Planets
Canadian College Student Finds Four Previously Unknown Planets

College is often a time of great personal and scholarly discovery, and that is particularly true of a recent graduate at the University of British Columbia.

While working on her bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy, Michelle Kunimoto found four previously unknown planets.

Until they've been confirmed, they are all being regarded as "planet candidates" and each carries the cataloging distinction KOI, or Kepler Object of Interest.

Of the four planets, KOI 408.05 is capturing the most attention. The Neptune-sized celestial body is in its star's habitable zone.

Said Kunimoto of the orb, "Like our own Neptune, it's unlikely to have a rocky surface or oceans. The exciting part is that like the large planets in our solar system, it could have large moons and these moons could have liquid water oceans."

Kunimoto plans to do more planet searching in the near future, as she will be returning to the school in the fall to pursue a master's degree.

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