Revealing the nature of exoplanets
Eleven years ago, David Charbonneau was a new graduate student at Harvard University's astronomy department, eager to explore the birth of the universe. "Then I learned of the incredible first discoveries that had just been announced in exoplanets," he recalls. Those objects, the first planets found outside the solar system, prompted Charbonneau to drop the Big Bang like a hot potato. He's been hunting for exoplanets ever since.