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NASA’s TESS mission to discover new worlds will use a map developed at Vanderbilt

Apr. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Keivan Stassun serves as a deputy principal investigator on the mission and is tasked with identifying the most promising stars to target in its search for habitable nearby planets.

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Better way to weigh millions of solitary stars

Dec. 14, 2017—Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems.

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CANCELED: View rare daytime astronomical event at Dyer Observatory May 9

Apr. 26, 2016—Visitors will have the unusual opportunity to safely view the planet Mercury as it transits directly across the face of the sun using Dyer Observatory’s solar telescopes.

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Astronomers identify signature of Earth-eating stars

May. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt astronomers have developed a model that predicts the effect that ingesting earth-like planets has on the chemical composition of stars like the Sun -- a capability that can aid in efforts to find Earth-like exoplanets.

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Vanderbilt’s role in new planet-finding space mission

May. 1, 2013—A team of Vanderbilt astronomers will play a key role in the planet-seeking space telescope that NASA has just approved and scheduled for launch in 2017.

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“Extremely little” telescope discovers pair of odd planets

Jun. 13, 2012—A small telescope with a lens no more powerful than a high-end digital camera has discovered the existence of two very unusual exoplanets.

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