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NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

An exciting news from NASA.

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Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.
" The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth, " said Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington. " Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind's quest to find truly Earth-like worlds.

Read the full text at source on NASA News:
http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasas-kepler-telescope-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-habitable-zone/#.U1AqX1V_va4

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Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up in orbit around a host star that is half the size and mass of the sun.

Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech


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Very cool!

(I think the artist needs to work on his lighting a bit, though. :-) )
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In Solar Astronomy, IDL is still dominant but Python is growing very fast
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+Vince Denny invite me to reproduce your results.
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Mars looks intense tonight. Like it's upset about something.
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Planet of war but then it could be the weather. Earth on the other hand looks ill in other ways.
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Brad Snowder is an astronomer and a graduate of WWU with a bachelor of science degree in Physics with minors in astronomy and math, and with a master's degree in Science Education. He holds the Astronomical League's certificates for the Herschel 400 (cert. #89) and the Messier (cert. #737) deep sky observing programs.

Brad is an astronomy instructor at WWU and Whatcom Community College. In the past he has also taught astronomy courses for Skagit Valley College and for Northwest Indian College.

Being part Choctaw Indian, Brad has long had a special interest in preserving American Indian and other cultural starlore.
 
Brad has managed the WWU Planetarium since 1995.

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I can moonwalk backwards.
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