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Kepler Planet-Hunting Mission Finds 5 New Lightweight Worlds
Space.com ^ | 01/04/10 | Andrea Thompson

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 ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; exoplanet; science; space; xplanets
A big find..
1 posted on 01/04/2010 4:34:22 PM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 01/04/2010 4:35:13 PM PST by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: KevinDavis

And an “exoplanet” is?


3 posted on 01/04/2010 4:35:56 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: KevinDavis

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.


4 posted on 01/04/2010 4:37:39 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: Redbob
And an “exoplanet” is?

One that is outside our solar system.

5 posted on 01/04/2010 4:39:56 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 348 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: KevinDavis

This post is worthless without pics! :)


6 posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:26 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: KevinDavis

I would feel confidant predicting that almost 100% of stars we can see (stable ones) have planets


7 posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:46 PM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: KevinDavis

Might be a good place to send our lightweight president.


8 posted on 01/04/2010 4:46:53 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: KevinDavis
...five new lightweight worlds...

They have been named after true lightweights:

Obamus Prime, Bidenus Dimmus, Reidus Turdus, Pelosius Plasticus, and Algor Hipporectum.

9 posted on 01/04/2010 4:50:16 PM PST by rfp1234 (R.I.P. Scotty 7/2007-11/2009.)
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To: KevinDavis

please ad me to the space nuts er I mean ping list thanks S


10 posted on 01/04/2010 5:00:48 PM PST by scottteng (IMPEACH OBAMA I am Jim Thompson)
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To: rfp1234

LOL!!!!


11 posted on 01/04/2010 5:02:58 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: KevinDavis

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?


12 posted on 01/04/2010 5:03:47 PM PST by Ted Grant
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Kepler Planet-Hunting Mission Finds 5 New Lightweight Worlds

Great. Let obama go and be president of one of them.

13 posted on 01/04/2010 5:04:29 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can read this you're too close.)
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Thanks KevinDavis. May have been posted, dunno, too lazy to check. :')
 
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14 posted on 01/04/2010 5:24:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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“La-dies and Gentlemen ... in this cornah (of the galaxy) ... weighing in at 115 trillion trillion metric tons ....”


15 posted on 01/04/2010 5:24:37 PM PST by mikrofon (Mass Hysteria)
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To: KevinDavis
Not really a big find. It didn't take very long for Kepler to find them. These exo planets have orbits of only a few days, which means, as the article says, they are too close to their stars and far too hot for life. It's still fascinating to know that exo planets seem to be fairly common, but we won't know of anything really interesting until Kepler finds planets with orbits of many months and/or years. That will take a while.
16 posted on 01/04/2010 5:58:33 PM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: KevinDavis
Kepler Planet-Hunting Mission Finds 5 New Lightweight Worlds

Does the headline infer that these new worlds are "overated"?

17 posted on 01/04/2010 7:00:25 PM PST by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: KevinDavis

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/


18 posted on 01/04/2010 7:19:12 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Don't blame me, I voted for Palin! And I will AGAIN!)
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To: rfp1234

HAHAHA that’s like an insult against Optimus Prime.


19 posted on 01/04/2010 9:22:38 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: Ted Grant
It's not a planet, it's a planet eater, and its name is Unicron.


20 posted on 01/04/2010 9:25:04 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: sit-rep
This post is worthless without pics!

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.

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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.

21 posted on 01/04/2010 9:36:28 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: wastedyears


"Unicron? That amateur? Don't make me laugh!"
22 posted on 01/05/2010 2:23:05 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Refugee from the World of Doomed Olsens)
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To: dragnet2

Thanks for the info, but the smiley face was a subtle hint of joking...


23 posted on 01/05/2010 4:19:42 AM PST by sit-rep
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