Skip to comments.Kepler Planet-Hunting Mission Finds 5 New Lightweight Worlds
Posted on 01/04/2010 4:34:21 PM PST by KevinDavis
WASHINGTON The list of known exoplanets in the galaxy just got bigger, thanks to the first observations of NASA's Kepler space telescope, which found five new lightweight worlds orbiting distant stars.
"I would like to announce today the discovery of five exoplanets by Kepler," said Kepler science director William Borucki of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., here today at the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...
And an “exoplanet” is?
I too think it is nice, though it still baffles me how it took so long for them to figure out how many planets in our own solar system.
One that is outside our solar system.
This post is worthless without pics! :)
I would feel confidant predicting that almost 100% of stars we can see (stable ones) have planets
Might be a good place to send our lightweight president.
They have been named after true lightweights:
Obamus Prime, Bidenus Dimmus, Reidus Turdus, Pelosius Plasticus, and Algor Hipporectum.
please ad me to the space nuts er I mean ping list thanks S
Have they found evidence of the evil planet Nibiru? It’s due to make a near miss with Earth in late 2012, or so some people say.
You would think we would have seen it coming decades ago, you know?
Great. Let obama go and be president of one of them.
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“La-dies and Gentlemen ... in this cornah (of the galaxy) ... weighing in at 115 trillion trillion metric tons ....”
Does the headline infer that these new worlds are "overated"?
Great to know there are distant neighbors out there. Eventually we’ll find one that is blue green and white. Billions of stars out there,we are not alone, there has to be intelligent life out there. Unfortunately we won’t live to see them. Someday an interplanetary explorer will find them and have the means to get there. It may take a few hundred or a few thousand years or more but it will happen. Of course that is, if mankind can survive the arrival of the 10th Imam. s/
HAHAHA that’s like an insult against Optimus Prime.
In case you weren't aware.....
The spacecraft is not really performing optical imaging, like a typical optical observatory would do, as much as it is using it's instruments to gain the data needed.
Feelin lazy so copied this from NASA.
The space craft basically looks for signatures of planets by measuring dips in the brightness of stars. When planets cross in front of, or transit, their stars as seen from Earth, they periodically block the starlight. The size of the planet can be derived from the size of the dip. The temperature can be estimated from the characteristics of the star it orbits and the planet's orbital period.
Thanks for the info, but the smiley face was a subtle hint of joking...
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