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Sara
SEAGER

On the hunt for another world. Words by Robert Ito. Photography by Valerie Chiang.

Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, has been searching for worlds beyond our own solar system for decades. Dubbed exoplanets, these heavenly bodies had been something of a mystery within the scientific community, right up until the time Swiss astronomers discovered one of them, the enormous 51 Pegasi b, in 1995. Exoplanets are among the most exciting finds in astronomy—many would argue they’re the most exciting—because they offer the promise of life on other planets. Black holes

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