ERC grantee Prof. Tsevi Mazeh and his team have participated in research efforts leading to the discovery of a new planet, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Astronomers used a novel detection method based on Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. For that reason, the Tel-Aviv University’s team and their US colleagues have dubbed the Jupiter-sized sphere the “Einstein Planet” - officially named Kepler-76b by the NASA.
“At first, I did not believe it is possible, but I slowly got into it. Luckily, we got the support of the European Research Council to carry this project forward (…). In the end we found Kepler-76b! [A] dream comes true”, explains Prof. Tsevi Mazeh in the newspaper.
He received a € 1.7 million ERC Advanced grant in 2011.