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NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds


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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

     

    NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

     

    Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.

     

    http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-mission-announces-a-planet-bonanza/#.Uw86FM6cSpB

     

    The histogram shows the number of planets by size for all known exoplanets. The blue bars on the histogram represents all the exoplanets known, by size, before the Kepler Planet Bonanza announcement on Feb. 26, 2014. The gold bars on the histogram represent Kepler's newly-verified planets. Image Credit: NASA Ames/W Stenzel

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    The histogram shows the number of planet discoveries by year for roughly the past two decades of the exoplanet search. The blue bar shows previous planet discoveries, the red bar shows previous Kepler planet discoveries, the gold bar displays the 715 new planets verified by multiplicity. Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI/J Rowe

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    Brilliant. Advancing the frontiers.

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  • Location: Mostly Watford but 3 months of the year at Capestang 34310, France
  • Weather Preferences: Continental type climate with lots of sunshine with occasional storm
  • Location: Mostly Watford but 3 months of the year at Capestang 34310, France

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/nasa-telescope-finds-mother-lode-planets-024938549.html?vp=1#ATXbJs5

     

     

    Nasa's planet-hunting Kepler telescope has discovered more than 700 new worlds outside the solar system.

    Scientists say the latest results push the number of planets discovered in the galaxy to about 1,700.

    Just 20 years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than the ones revolving around the sun.

    "We almost doubled just today the number of planets known to humanity," Nasa planetary scientist Jack Lissauer said.

    Nasa scientist Douglas Hudgins called the discovery a major step towards Kepler's ultimate goal: "finding Earth 2.0".

    Astronomers used a new technique to come up with the largest single announcement of a batch of exoplanets - what planets outside our solar system are called.

    All the new planets are in systems like ours where multiple planets circle a star.

    The 715 planets were nearly all similar in size to Earth and four orbit their stars in "habitable zones" where conditions would support liquid water which is crucial for life to exist.

    :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.

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  • Location: Dunmow, Essex (72m asl)
  • Weather Preferences: Anything apart from grey days
  • Location: Dunmow, Essex (72m asl)

    NASA Announces Discovery of First Earth-Size Planet With Potential for Life....

     

    http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/04/nasa-announces-discovery-of-first-earth-size-planet-with-potential-for-life/360837/

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