1. [Image: Artist’s conception of KOI-172.02, as compared to Earth]


    NASA’S Kepler Mission Discovers 461 New Planet Candidates

    WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. 

    One of the four newly identified super Earth-size planet candidates, KOI-172.02, orbits in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The possible planet is approximately 1.5 times the radius of Earth and orbits its host star every 242 days. Additional follow-up analysis will be required to confirm the candidate as a planet. 

    Based on observations conducted from May 2009 to March 2011, the findings show a steady increase in the number of smaller-size planet candidates and the number of stars with more than one candidate. 

    "There is no better way to kickoff the start of the Kepler extended mission than to discover more possible outposts on the frontier of potentially life bearing worlds," said Christopher Burke, Kepler scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who is leading the analysis. 

    Since the last Kepler catalog was released in February 2012, the number of candidates discovered in the Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars. The most dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered, which grew by 43 and 21 percent respectively. 

    The new data increases the number of stars discovered to have more than one planet candidate from 365 to 467. Today, 43 percent of Kepler’s planet candidates are observed to have neighbor planets. 

    "The large number of multi-candidate systems being found by Kepler implies that a substantial fraction of exoplanets reside in flat multi-planet systems," said Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. "This is consistent with what we know about our own planetary neighborhood." 

    Said astrophysicist Mario Livio

  1. chumuniverse likes this
  2. vanillamidnight25 likes this
  3. 1998bl11 reblogged this from ifuckinglovespace
  4. 1998bl11 likes this
  5. onionfae likes this
  6. jackpumpkinqueen reblogged this from ifuckinglovespace
  7. cadaverine101 reblogged this from bonitoboy
  8. cadaverine101 likes this
  9. sealer-of-wenkamui likes this
  10. bonitoboy reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  11. sailormaggot likes this
  12. dizmama reblogged this from ifuckinglovespace
  13. thesomewhatalrightgatsby reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  14. notaparagon reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  15. petimetrek likes this
  16. yosoydelpatiox7 reblogged this from yownzie
  17. yosoydelpatiox7 likes this
  18. yyoquecreia likes this
  19. yownzie reblogged this from ifuckinglovespace
  20. theotherjoefraser likes this
  21. trotting-on likes this
  22. limitlesscorrosion reblogged this from tehartmonkey
  23. tehartmonkey reblogged this from lunarkittn
  24. lunarkittn reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  25. across-thestars reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  26. restlessmysteries likes this
  27. spiked-with-amortentia likes this
  28. evankaradayi likes this
  29. just-carrion reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  30. wherearethedivasat reblogged this from timtebowsvirginity
  31. basavriuk likes this
  32. straighton--tilmorning likes this
  33. eriath likes this
  34. traykun likes this
  35. mikachux likes this
  36. sommanita reblogged this from ibmikedunn
  37. andimadeahomehereforme reblogged this from timtebowsvirginity
  38. pamixx likes this
  39. charcharichigo likes this
  40. charcharichigo reblogged this from captainanndy
  41. frodelius reblogged this from wordsmythologic
  42. 80purpletrees reblogged this from notarysojac
  43. ourlittlesidewayseight likes this
  44. sassykylemassey reblogged this from timtebowsvirginity
  45. laptevanom likes this
  46. codybellsview reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  47. myheartonacoustic likes this
  48. skylinesthizz likes this
  49. notarysojac reblogged this from h0tbread
  50. scribghetti-junction likes this