Canadian-American astronomer and planetary scientist Sara Seager, 46, conducts trailblazing research on exoplanets — planets that orbit stars outside our solar system. In 2013, she was awared a MacArthur Fellowship “genius award” for her work. Previously, she won the 2012 Sackler Prize for “analysis of the atmospheres and internal compositions of extra-solar planets”; and in 2007, the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society for developing “fundamental techniques for understanding, analyzing, and finding the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.” Seager, who has been dubbed an “astronomical Indiana Jones,” is a professor at M.I.T.
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In this TED Talk, Seager explains how astronomers study exoplanet atmospheres, describes a possible new way to discover many more exoplanets and speculates about what some of her favorite exoplanets might be like [16:14]. >>