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New Worlds to Explore? Kepler Spacecraft Finds 750 Exoplanet Candidates
Universe Today ^ | 6/15/2010 | Nancy Atkinson

Posted on 06/18/2010 11:47:21 AM PDT by Dallas59





The Kepler spacecraft has found over 750 candidates for extrasolar planets, and that is just from data collected in the first 43 days of the spacecraft's observations. "This is the biggest release of candidate planets that has ever happened," said William Borucki, Kepler's lead scientist. "The number of candidate planets is actually greater than all the planets that have been discovered in the last 15 years."

This is an astounding amount of potential exoplanets from data taken during such a short period of time, however Borucki added that they expect only about 50% of these candidates to actually turn out to be planets, as some may be eclipsing binary stars or other artifacts in the data. But still, even half would be the biggest group discovery of exoplanets ever.

And the exciting part is that 706 targets from this first data set have viable exoplanet candidates with sizes from as small as Earth to around the size of Jupiter. The team says the majority have radii less than half that of Jupiter.

...Read more at Universe Today...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: discovery; exoplanet; kepler; space; telescope; xplanets

1 posted on 06/18/2010 11:47:21 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

There is still some hope that in my life time they will discover the planet where those Green Skin Orion Girls are.


2 posted on 06/18/2010 11:56:53 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

3 posted on 06/18/2010 11:58:47 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: NavyCanDo

They had about 60 years to see who we are from satellite uplinks that are about 40 kW. Those beings may not want to have anything to do with us. Just by watching our TV.


4 posted on 06/18/2010 12:31:54 PM PDT by BobS
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To: Dallas59

Statistically speaking, there is intelligent life out there in the Universe. The question is “how intelligent”? If they are as advanced as many hope, they have probably taken one look in on us and said “no thanks”.


5 posted on 06/18/2010 12:42:05 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry; BobS

A friend of mine told me he watched/read a story about how aliens monitoring or TV/radio traffic ‘realized’ from our transmissions that God had sent his only Son to visit us here on Earth.

The aliens were thrilled and in awe of us Earthlings, ‘just think, He sent his Son to them, the Earthlings must be awesome.’ So they got all worked up and sent a team to investigate this great news only to be disappointed, ha ha ha.


6 posted on 06/18/2010 1:36:42 PM PDT by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

I wonder if that means “present” intelligent life and by intelligent do they mean just focusing on the conscious manipulation of the environment and electromagnetic spectrum?
These creatures could have a whole different social structure. Just look at the WIDE range of our own. They could be anything.


7 posted on 06/18/2010 1:49:50 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: BobS

The Jerry Springer Show - that oughta do it...


8 posted on 06/18/2010 2:38:05 PM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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additional:

Kepler space telescope finds possible planets
SF Gate | 06/16/10 | David Perlman
Posted on 06/17/2010 5:32:28 PM PDT by KevinDavis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2536963/posts


9 posted on 06/18/2010 4:00:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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10 posted on 06/18/2010 4:00:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; garbageseeker; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Okay, so, maybe I should ping this one too, after all.
And the exciting part is that 706 targets from this first data set have viable exoplanet candidates with sizes from as small as Earth to around the size of Jupiter. The team says the majority have radii less than half that of Jupiter.

11 posted on 06/18/2010 4:02:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

They lookin’ for the place Obama came from—The Planet of Giant Pygmies? Cause if they stumble across the one Helen Thomas undulated from....


12 posted on 06/18/2010 4:17:00 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I said free association. Not freely associate.)
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To: bigheadfred

Wait a second... giant pygmies? How do we know they even *are* pygmies then...


13 posted on 06/18/2010 5:01:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

I think your confusion stems from relating Obama to the pygmies of Africa. Probably because he appears to be African. But everyone knows he is an AMERICAN (dammit).

Peeple from The Planet of Giant Pymies are humongously trivial and unimportant. If those global worming (the ones who dump squirming night crawlers into peeple’s beds at night so when they wake they have this terrible feeling of impending doom leaving them very susceptible to the chicken littlists and thusly in need of a savior) people hadn’t been backing him he would never have achieved The Office of the Most High.

Plus people from The Planet of Giant Pygmies have no problem
mating outside their own species...they have to take anything they can get...EVEN a wookie...


14 posted on 06/18/2010 6:06:49 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I said free association. Not freely associate.)
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To: SunkenCiv

PLUS, peeple from The Planet of Giant Pygmies will do anything to get noticed. Like smear peanut butter on a piece of toilet paper and toss it into the next stall and say “OH that one got away...”


15 posted on 06/18/2010 6:11:47 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I said free association. Not freely associate.)
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To: bigheadfred

Remind me not to have a sandwich at your house.


16 posted on 06/18/2010 7:55:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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