SA telescope helps reveal 7 new planets

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Three of these planets are in the star’s “habitable zone”. This means they could have liquid water on their surface‚ which increases the chances of them hosting life.
SAAO’s 1-m telescope was used to take observations of the planetary system over several nights in June and July last year‚ said Amanda Sickafoose‚ head of instrumentation at SAAO. The telescope is equipped with the Sutherland high-speed optical camera‚ which can take up to 70 images a second.
“This system is quite different from our solar system‚ which also raises new questions. The SAAO is proud to have played a small role in this advancement in our understanding of planetary systems,” Sickafoose said.
Other telescopes used include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Spitzer Space Telescop