This is the website for Prof. Jacob Bean's group in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. The main theme of the group's research is the observational study of planets outside the Solar System ("exoplanets"). We use ground- and space-based telescopes to detect and characterize these worlds. We are also engaged in building new instruments as part of our push towards eventually identifying other Earth-like planets.

See here for a recent talk summarizing some of the group's research.


11/24/2015: Laura and Jacob are featured in a recent episode of "The Good Stuff".

10/06/2015: Welcome to Diana Dragomir, who is a new postdoc joining the group this week.

09/24/2015: Jacob will be testifying at a US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on September 29. The hearing is titled "Astrobiology and the Search for Life Beyond Earth in the Next Decade". More information can be found here.