Interplanetary Fame

Two amateur Kiwi astronomers helped discover a planet 15,000 light years from Earth using simple backyard telescopes. Grant Christie and Jennie McCormick are part of a worldwide star-gazing collective called MicroFUN, led by Andrew Gould of Ohio State University. The new planet – which is roughly 3 times the size of Jupiter – was discovered using a technique called gravitational microlensing, when a massive object in space, such as a star or a black hole, crosses in front of a star shining in the background and is magnified in the process. Christie and McCormick share co-authorship of MicroFUN’s paper announcing the new planet to Astrophysical Journal Letters.


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Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero founder and former CEO New Zealander Rod Drury is back in the tech scene with a new venture, Atomic.io. It is his first software-as-a-service investment since stepping down from the…