The MEarth Project


UPDATE: We are delighted to announce MEarth's discovery of LHS 1140b, a super-Earth transiting in the habitable zone of a nearby small star. Click here to learn more.

The MEarth Project (pronounced "mirth") is an astronomical survey that is using robotic telescopes to observe nearby M dwarf stars in search of new Earth-like exoplanets.

Please explore this website to learn more about exoplanets, M dwarfs, and our project!

Searching for Habitable Exoplanets around Nearby Small Stars

An exciting frontier of modern astronomy is the quest to find planets around stars other than the Sun. Of particular interest are those planets that are the right size and temperature to support liquid water on their surfaces, and could potentially host life. Finding these small, cool, "habitable" planets across interstellar distances is very difficult in glare of the big, bright stars they orbit. With the MEarth Project, we're trying a slightly different tack - we're looking around the smallest, coolest stars in the Galaxy to stack the odds in our favor in finding small, cool planets.

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This website is maintained by members of the MEarth Project. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.