Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik
Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik Astronomer, Lowell Observatory
It's just a matter of getting bigger and better telescopes to look at fainter and farther away stars, and then get to smaller and smaller planets.
At first, we were only sensitive to the most massive planets because they were the ones having the largest signature on the star. Now, as the technologies are getting better and better, the telescopes are getting bigger, and the spectrographs we use to get the velocities are having higher resolution and higher precision, we're only going to get to smaller and smaller planets. And now, the statistics are showing that most planets are actually smaller planets. They're not these giant hot Jupiters, and that's very valuable.
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