NASA's Kepler mission finds 10 Earth-size exoplanets, 209 others

23 Juin, 2017, 12:39 | Author: Come Portier
  • NASA's Kepler mission finds 10 Earth-size exoplanets, 209 others

To find out more about the Kepler space telescope activities, visit the NASA Kepler website. But Kepler's latest haul - which includes a planet that is only slightly larger than Earth and receives the same amount of energy from its sun as Earth - is the latest triumph for Kepler, which has spotted roughly 80% of the planets orbiting stars other than our sun.

Almost all the planet candidates are in between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. Of these, 49 fit squarely into their star's "habitable zone", that Goldilocks region where liquid water can pool on the surface and life may be able to thrive. Ten of them are nearly the same size as Earth and are the right temperature to have liquid, pooling water on their surface. It's an immensely impressive list, especially when you consider that Kepler is discovering these planets by looking for tiny fluctuations in light coming from stars as these planets orbit around them - you can see an example of those measurements in the video posted below.

The newest Kepler catalog draws out 219 new planetary candidates and infers that 10 of them may be habitable - doubling the number of planetary candidates in the habitable zone of their star.

The 219 new planet candidates are part of the more than 4,000 planet candidates and 2,300 confirmed planets Kepler has identified to date.

"Finding two distinct groups of exoplanets is like discovering mammals and lizards make up distinct branches of a family tree", he told reporters Monday.

Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said the new discovery means that "we are probably not alone" because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be.

Trump, new Saudi crown prince vow to ease tension with Qatar
Mohammed bin Salman's is the architect of the country's Vision 2030 , which hopes to end the country's dependence on oil revenue. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef nominated Prince Mohammed bin Salman and received support from the majority of the council's members.


Trump lashes out at Democrats after Georgia win
The president wrote Thursday: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". Where do we want to go as a party? "It's time for some change.


NBA Finals most-watched Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship
This time , James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden. The Warriors won the title in 2015 before the Cavaliers made their historic comeback past year .


This sharpens the dividing line between potentially habitable planets and those that are inhospitable to life as we know it, the researchers said.

Nasa hopes the catalogue, which is now complete with data from Kepler's first mission conducted back in 2012, will help us in our search for alien life.

NASA is categorising the two "types" as "super-Earths" and "mini-Neptunes". The new catalog release brings its total catch up to 4,034 potential planets, of which 2,335 are verified exoplanets and almost 50 are near-Earth size habitable zone candidates.

For more information about Kepler Exoplanet Week, go to nasa.gov/kepler/exoplanetweek. Dubbed a "transit", the minuscule drop in brightness takes place when a planet crosses in front of its host star.

"It feels like a bit like the end of an era, but actually, I see it as a new beginning", Thompson said.

Conseillé:

  • It's Jayson Tatum to Celtics at No. 3 in draft

    Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File). Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring, finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.

    Attorneys General from Maryland, DC to sue Trump over foreign payments

    Racine noted that although Trump said he wouldn't be involved in his businesses, he was still getting briefings from his sons. And it could have one important impact: Trump could be forced to release his tax returns as part of the discovery process.

    European Central Bank holds; Draghi remarks eyed

    GDP is witnessing growth; the money supply is growing, and loans to private sectors are also growing at a low single-digit rate. That's essentially a effect of a slide in oil prices, but core inflation has repeatedly failed to hold above one per cent.
  • La suite s'offre un titre

    La suite s'offre un titre

    C'est le réalisateur, Juan Antonio Bayona qui l'a annoncé sur Twitter avec la fameuse phrase: "la vie trouve toujours son chemin". Deux ans après le succès de Jurassic World , la suite du long métrage de Colin Trevorrow est actuellement en train de se tourner.

    Pac-12 flavor expected at top of the National Basketball Association draft tonight

    Fultz spent just one season at the University of Washington , averaging 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. Draft night is the time when the future of the National Basketball Association can be dictated.

    76ers pick Fultz No. 1 overall in NBA Draft

    It might not happen right away, but Ball could be part of something very special in the coming years. And if the last few days are indication, what follows might be a wild night inside Barclays Center .
  • EU, UK agree for Brexit negotiations: Michel Barnier

    EU, UK agree for Brexit negotiations: Michel Barnier

    That put the immediate focus on security and the EU's growing efforts to build up a security role and capability for itself. He said the will of the British people who voted in a June 2016 referendum to leave the bloc had to be respected.

    Rory Best praises response of Lions dirt-trackers after win over Chiefs

    Rowntree said the Lions had developed well throughout the tour, improving steadily through six matches to date . Respected by friends and foes, Wyn Jones is a hard-nosed forward around whom you can build a pack.
    Supreme Court to hear case that could reshape US political map

    Supreme Court to hear case that could reshape US political map

    Courts have rejected district election maps on grounds they were drawn outlandishly to disadvantage minority voters. In other states, bipartisan commissions draw districts in an effort to reduce gerrymandering.
  • Kumble quits as India coach over Kohli spat

    Kumble, who was given a one-year tenure, quit from his position as the head coach after the final of the Champions Trophy. Sridhar, GM - Cricket Operations to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour.
    Mithali Raj hits back when asked her favourite male cricketer

    Mithali Raj hits back when asked her favourite male cricketer

    Despite that, she conceded to needing to lean on the expertise of the men's game, especially in the coaching department. Among those questions was one patronizing one, which asked the Indian skipper who her favourite male cricketer was.

    Iran Launches Missiles into Syria targeting ISIS

    Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an Iranian exile group in Iraq . The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. "We are following their actions".


Populaire

Black bears kill 2 in Alaska, including teen in extreme race
A contract employee for an underground gold mine was taking geological samples when he was attacked and killed by a black bear . What was described by police as "a large black bear" that attacked the boy wasn't the only one in the area Sunday afternoon.

Gulf diplomatic crisis: India calls for constructive dialogue to resolve dispute
The Trump administration has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf nations. The crisis is a major diplomatic test for the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides.

La fin du RSI dans six mois ?
Les 6,5 millions de travailleurs indépendants y disposeraient toutefois d'un guichet spécial consacré à leur situation. En 2015, le gouvernement de Manuel Valls avait tenté de rendre ces démarches plus aisées, sans succès.

Prince Harry : Son amère confession sur les funérailles de Lady Diana
Rappelons que le rouquin est à la cinquième place dans l'ordre de succession au trône britannique. Le prince Harry a confié avoir vécu les funérailles de Diana comme un traumatisme de plus.

Cosby jury deadlock causes mistrial: What people are Tweeting
The judge instructed them to keep working, but despite marathon 12-hour sessions, the jury said on Saturday it was at an impasse. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

Woman bites Spencer's employee while trying to steal stripper pole
A police report says that the woman became frustrated when she was refused money and tried to leave with a stripper pole instead. A mall store employee in Arkansas is recovering after a customer bit her while attempting to steal a stripper pole, police said.

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview
Goldie , real name Clifford Joseph Price, MBE, then pauses for a few seconds before changing the topic to jazz music. Del Naja co-wrote the soundtrack to the New Orleans-themed documentary Trouble the Water during the same time frame.

Macron: le gouvernement Philippe 2 a "vocation à durer longtemps"
Muriel Pénicaud , ministre du Travail a conservé son poste alors qu'elle pouvait paraître à son tour menacée (lire par ailleurs). Les noms du républicain Jean-Pierre Raffarin et des macronistes Benjamin Griveaux et Jean-Paul Delevoye sont notamment cités.

Murkowski: Health care changes must be 'done right'
Toomey also lauds the bill's curbs on federal Medicaid spending, and says it doesn't pull the rug out from anyone who's covered. Aside from the quartet of conservatives, none of the other 48 Republican senators appeared to reject the bill out of hand.

Ohio's official budget gap exceeds $1B over 2 years
The Senate Finance Committee added an amendment Tuesday that would extend Medicaid expansion for just one more year. Mike Skindell, a Lakewood Democrat, said in arguing a state's budget should do its best to help all citizens.