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Benjamin Rackham

Benjamin Rackham

Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ben is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. He is interested in searching for atmospheric signatures of life on extrasolar planets. To that end, his research current focuses on characterizing the spottedness of exoplanet host stars so that we may separate the spectral signatures of starspots from those of exoplanetary atmospheres in future, precise observations.

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NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Is Finding Hundreds of Exoplanets—and Is Poised to Find Thousands More

Within just 50 light-years from Earth, there are about 1,560 stars, likely orbited by several thousand planets. About a thousand of these extrasolar planets, known as exoplanets, may be rocky and have a composition...

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