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Mahesh Herath is a research scientist attached to the Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (ACCIMT). His discovery of two extra solar planets (exoplanets) orbiting a distant star has put Sri Lanka’s footprint on the map of space research.
Mahesh Herath read for his degree in physics at the University of Southampton, UK and then went on to do his master’s in space science at KU Leuven in Belgium. The course of study included spacecraft engineering, space law and statistics.
Mahesh is currently reading for his MPhil in planetary astronomy at the University of Colombo.
Mahesh is on Twitter at @MaheshHerath5.
- Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies: http://www.accimt.ac.lk/
- What Is an Exoplanet? https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-exoplanets/en/
- Trail blazer | Mahesh – Soaring success in space, Sunday Observer: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/09/08/youth-observer/trail-blazer
- Kepler and K2: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html
- CoRoT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CoRoT
- TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite): https://tess.mit.edu/
- Without Jupiter Home Alone, Astrobiology Magazine: https://www.astrobio.net/jupiter-system/without-jupiter-home-alone/
- Earth’s Stabilizing Moon May Be Unique Within Universe, Space.com: https://www.space.com/12464-earth-moon-unique-solar-system-universe.html
- Creating Life on a Gas Giant, The Planetary Society: https://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2013/20131023-on-hunters-floaters-and-sinkers-from-cosmos.html
- Mini-Neptune (Sub-Neptune): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-Neptune
- Super Earth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-Earth
- Ocean Planet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_planet
- Planet GJ 1214 b: http://exoplanet.eu/catalog/gj_1214_b/
- K2-310 b: https://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/cgi-bin/DisplayOverview/nph-DisplayOverview?objname=K2-310+b&type=CONFIRMED_PLANET
- K2-310 c: https://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/cgi-bin/DisplayOverview/nph-DisplayOverview?objname=K2-310+c&type=CONFIRMED_PLANET
- Absorption spectroscopy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_spectroscopy
- K-type main-sequence star (Orange Dwarf): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-type_main-sequence_star
- EPIC 212737443: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?protocol=html&Ident=EPIC%20212737443
- Binary Star Systems: Classification and Evolution, Space.com: https://www.space.com/22509-binary-stars.html
- Transit Photometry: https://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/exoplanets/transit-photometry.html
- Tabby’s Star: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabby%27s_Star
- Mass-radius relation: https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/M/mass-radius_relation.html
- Two temperate sub-Neptunes transiting the star EPIC 212737443, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS): https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-abstract/488/1/536/5519234?redirectedFrom=fulltext
- Danish 1.54-metre telescope: https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/lasilla/danish154/
- Python: https://www.python.org/
- Bayesian statistics: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Bayesian_statistics
- Raavana 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raavana_1
- Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, created by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Steven Soter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Personal_Voyage
- Carl Sagan on superstition – observation: nothing; conclusion: dinosaurs: https://youtu.be/Cj5A0rKI0Ag
- Proxima Centauri: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxima_Centauri
- Barnard’s Star: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnard%27s_Star
- Ross 128 b: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_128_b
- Evidence for an Ocean (Europa): https://europa.nasa.gov/europa/ocean/
- Project Daedalus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Daedalus
- Project Orion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)
- Specific impulse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_impulse
- Ion thruster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion_thruster
- Will we ever have genetically modified astronauts?, BBC: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20171123-will-we-ever-have-genetically-modified-astronauts
- Radioisotope thermoelectric generator: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator
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