Ever hear of the star KIC 11442793? Me either. It’s over 14 quadrillion miles away–a good bet that none of us have ever been there.
It now hold the current record of seven planets in orbit. That we know of.
Those seven planets happen to cross KIC 11442793’s disk as seen from Earth, causing a temporary dimming as seen by the Kepler Space Telescope. I wonder how the scientists and the citizen volunteers sort out all those dips in light.
Pope Francis has challenged the Jesuits to serve at the farthest boundaries. 2500 light years is pretty far. It would take one of the Voyager space probes over twenty million years to get that far away from the Earth. I wonder how long it will take the Society of Jesus.