Finding Transiting Terrestrial Exoplanets (MEarth, TESS)

Ground based and satellite tools for observing transits of terrestrial exoplanets. 

TESS Spacecraft and illustrated star and exoplanets

MIT KAVLI Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research


Learning the Compositions of Exoplanets (HARPS-N)

Densities of transiting planets may be derived from the measured radius through its light curve.

Mass-radius diagram of small exoplanets


Atmospheres of Terrestrial Exoplanets (Magellan, HST, GMT, JWST)

Ground based and satellite tools for detecting atmosphers of terrestrial exoplanets. 

This artist’s impression shows a rocky exoplanet with a wispy, cloudy atmosphere orbiting a red dwarf star.

Credits: L. Hustak and J. Olmsted (STScI)


The Physics of Low-mass Stars (TRES, MEarth)

Near-infrared Metallicities, Radial Velocities, and Spectral Types for 447 Nearby M Dwarfs

Newton et al. 2014 The Astronomical Journal 147 20.