News | 07.17.2012
Debra Fischer, planet hunter — live and on the Web
A leader in the hunt for exoplanets — planets outside Earth’s solar system — Fischer helped establish Planet Hunters, a program that enlists amateur stargazers to help professional astronomers detect new worlds.
“The search for planets is the search for life,” Fischer has said. “And at least for life as we know it, that means finding a planet similar to Earth.”...
Image Credits: (header) European Space Agency & NASA; (left) (Yale University); (background) NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)