Citizen scientists discover a distant solar system
Citizen scientists have discovered a five-planet system orbiting a distant star known as K2-138, astronomers reported Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society and in a preprint posted online.
Why it’s cool: Like the planets around the star Trappist-1, K2-138's orbiters are resonant. That means the length of the planet’s years relate to each other in whole-number ratios. K2-138 is like Trappist-1 in another way: it's one of the few resonant systems whose orbital patterns can create a song when assigned tones.