How the discovery of new planets is helping us to better understand our place in the Universe
Award-winning astronomer Dr Amaury Triaud explains how he uses powerful telescopes to discover new planets orbiting stars other than our own Sun.
Dr Triaud's astronomical discoveries, including the TRAPPIST-1 system, are helping to rewrite how we think about planet formation and our place in the Universe.
He is currently contributing to SPECULOOS, which stands for “Search for habitable Planets EClipsing Ultra-cOOl Stars”. Over the next five to 10 years a set of four powerful telescopes in Chile will search for rocky and temperate planets well-suited for the detection of chemical signatures of life in their atmospheres.
Earlier this year, Dr Triaud received the Royal Astronomical Society’s Fowler Award for early career researchers. He was named a Finalist in the annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom.
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