This artist’s concept allows us to imagine what it would be like to stand on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f, located in the TRAPPIST-1 system in the constellation Aquarius. The TRAPPIST-1 planets are remarkably close to each other. The star they orbit, an ultra-cool dwarf, would appear about three times larger than our own sun does in Earth’s skies. / Photograph by NASA / JPL-Caltech / T. Pyle (IPAC)
A feature story in the Winter 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine examines research by David Kipping, an assistant professor of astronomy, Kipping heads the Cool Worlds lab, part of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia, which searches for exoplanets, exomoons, and all sorts of surreal estate. “We look for things mostly within the habitable zone,” says Kipping.
Visit Columbia Magazine to read the story and a related article, “Picturing Planets.”