My name is Stephen Kane and I am an Associate Professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department at San Francisco State University. My research interests lie in astrobiology and exoplanets, and I am the Director of the Planetary Research Laboratory.Dr. Stephen R. Kane
Department of Physics & Astronomy
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
2016-03-30: Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, we have observed 55 Cancri e, a two Earth radii planet that completes an orbit around the host star every 18 hours. Our observations show that there is an extreme day-night temperature difference of 1,300 K, consistent with either a thick atmosphere of a planet that has had the atmosphere stripped away. Read the associated publication to learn more.
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