Monday, September 06, 2010

NASA's Kepler finds multiplanet solar system

Another day, another new planet is found in the milky way. This new find by NASA's Kepler craft is special because it identifies a solar system like ours with multiple planets going aroud a central star. The probability of life in the universe sky rockets every time new planets are found like this:


Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet "transiting," or crossing in front of, a central star.

The findings, published in Thursday's issue of the journal Science, came from observing about 156,000 stars for seven months as part of a pioneering search for Earth-size planets outside our solar system.

Kepler's ultra-precise camera measures tiny decreases in a star's brightness caused by the orbiting of the planet as it crosses in front of its sun. The size of the planets can be determined by measuring these temporary dips.

Two planets in the newly discovered system, 2,000 light-years away, are the size of Saturn, and a third possible planet is a "super-Earth," 11/2 times the size of our planet. That planet is the size thought to be potentially habitable, but it orbits too close to its star to support life.


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHILE THIS GUY IS TALKING,LOOK DOWN ON YOUR LEFT OF THE SCREEN.I COUNTED 3 OBJECTS.THE 3RD ONE I THOUGHT WAS A 4TH ONE, BUT IT TURNED A REAL SHARP RIGHT AND GOES SOUTH.....THOUGHT I'D POINT IT OUT.

Anonymous said...

Yes there is 3 lil objects flying around in the bottom left corner, when the NASA guy is talking in the intro..too ironic. 7:14 pm guy has a good eye, seeing is believing and they have been spotted here in Az.
fuck the congress and there shitty honesty.Fuck all you politics we have our right to live the way we wanna be.

Anonymous said...

Why has this now been deleted?