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TED Talks: Season 2014

2014x77 Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets
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  • 2014-04-17T04:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

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