Stunning new photos of Jupiter sent by NASA’s $1 Billion Juno Probe

November 8th, 2017|

Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA’s $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24. But the sun slipped between the giant planet and Earth for more than a week, blocking the spacecraft from beaming home its precious bounty of data.
Now that the conjunction is over, however, new […]

How to detect an extrasolar planet with a digital single-lens reflex camera.

December 18th, 2014|

Astrophotographer and IEEE Spectrum senior editor David Schneider walks through how to build an exoplanet-hunting device using a budget digital single-lens reflex camera, some scrap wood and an inexpensive programmable microprocessor. Schneider says that the basic idea is to use a technique known as “transit detection”, in which you look for stars that temporarily become […]