SuPerPiG (Short Period Planets Group) is a NASA-funded collaboration to find, confirm and study extrasolar or exosolar ultra-short-period planets orbiting very close to their host stars over extremely short time periods (less than one day).
A new planetary system discovered through the efforts of SuPerPiG officially has been recognized by the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at CalTech. IPAC extended the recognition on behalf of the NASA Exoplanet Archive.
“Over the last few decades, astronomers have found planets in almost every nook and cranny that they can inhabit,” said Brian Jackson.
Jackson is leader of the SuPerPiG consortium and an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. “These ultra-short-period planets are another example of the surprisingly wide variety of planets in our galaxy and may help us to understand the origins and early histories of planetary systems like our own.”
The lead author of the study, Elisabeth Adams, associate research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, said many more systems like this remain to be found, “and we’re enlisting the help of Boise State students to find them.”
Community members helped support the efforts of Jackson and his students by utilizing PonyUp — the university’s relatively new crowdfunding platform — to support the Bring Back Boise State’s Observatory campaign, and refurbish the campus observatory. Through crowdfunding, donations of all sizes move the needle on projects that may not have been funded otherwise. Learn more about crowdfunding at Boise State at giving.boisestate.edu/ponyup.