K2-138 Discovery

In NASA's efforts to explore the endless expanse of space, the agency eventually came to a realization: there is simply too much data. Missions like the one embarked upon in 2009 by the Kepler space telescope yield such a tremendous amount of data that there's no efficient way for an individual scientist or even a team of scientists at NASA to pour through it all. That's when they made a realization — instead of handling everything internally, NASA could make this data publicly available so that citizen scientists all over the world would be able to dig in.

This practice has proven useful on several occasions, and now it is proving useful once again. A group of citizen scientists exploring data collected by the Kepler telescope have discovered an unusual new solar system that no even NASA had managed to uncover on its own.

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Citizen scientists discovered an unusual new solar system not even NASA could find originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 at 12:28:57 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.