Transiting other Suns

Corot_transit You may be looking at the light signature of a planet transiting its star taken by COROT, a European Space Agency mission seeking rocky planets outside our solar system.

European science has also been in the public eye recently with the news of the discovery of the most Earth-like planet to date, Gliese 581c.

The terrific space blog Centuari Dreams has much more on the significance of the COROT finding.

Image source: ESA via Centauri Dreams

Wayne