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2009-05-13 14:25:00

NASA's Kepler spacecraft has begun its search for other Earth-like worlds. The mission, which launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 6, will spend the next three-and-a-half years staring at more than 100,000 stars for telltale signs of planets. Kepler has the unique ability to find planets as small as Earth that orbit sun-like stars at distances where temperatures are right for possible lakes and oceans. "Now the fun begins," said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator...

2009-04-20 09:08:16

Astronomers have announced plans to build an ultra-stable, high-precision spectrograph for the Science and Technology Facilities Council's 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT - part of the Isaac Newton Group or ING on La Palma) in an effort to discover habitable Earth-like planets around other stars. Dr Ian Skillen of the ING will present the new High Accuracy Radial-velocity Planet Search "“ New Earths Facility (HARPS-NEF) spectrograph in a poster on Monday 20th April at the European...

2009-04-16 12:20:00

NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth. The new "first light" images show the mission's target patch of sky, a vast starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy. One image shows millions of stars in Kepler's full field of view, while two others zoom in on portions of the larger region. The images can be seen online at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/20090416.html...

2009-04-14 10:31:15

The underground economy in Europe is likely to grow this year while the mainstream economies falter, an Austrian economist said. Friedrich Schneider of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, said the so-called shadow economy which relies on cash deals to avoid taxes, would grow up to 0.9 percent in Ireland, Britain and Spain this year, the EU Observer reported Tuesday. The shadow economy ranges in size from 10 percent of the official gross domestic product in Scandinavia and...

2009-04-08 07:54:58

Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth. "The cover released and flew away exactly as we designed it to do," said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "This is a critical step toward answering a question that has come down to us across 100 generations of human history -- are there other planets like Earth, or are we alone in the...

2009-03-17 13:27:13

Kepler is now more than 1 million kilometers (620,000 miles) from Earth, drifting away at the rate of about 1 kilometer per second. The past few days have been spent collecting data from the focal-plane array on Kepler's science instrument, the photometer, at various sun angles and temperatures as part of the calibration process. The focal-plane array, which contains 42 charge-coupled devices like those in your digital camera, is where light from the telescope is focused. Each data set is...

2009-03-07 09:50:00

After the successful launch of the revolutionary Kepler telescope on Friday, NASA is making final preparations before it carries on with its mission to search out other planets in the Milky Way galaxy. "Our team is thrilled to be a part of something so meaningful to the human race. Kepler will help us understand if our Earth is unique or if others like it are out there." Said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. After Kepler separated...

2009-03-07 00:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./>, March 7/> /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission successfully launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II at 10:49 p.m. EST/>, Friday. Kepler is designed to find the first Earth-size planets orbiting stars at distances where water could pool on the planet's surface. Liquid water is believed to be essential for the formation of life. (Logo: /Photo:...

2009-03-07 00:25:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif./>, March 7/> /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In the first planet-hunting mission of its kind, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne boosted NASA's Kepler spacecraft into orbit to help scientists in their quest to find Earth-like planets circling distant suns in the Milky Way galaxy. The Kepler spacecraft was launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, powered the United Launch Alliance...

2009-03-06 23:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 6/> /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Ball Aerospace-built Kepler spacecraft carrying the largest camera ever sent by NASA beyond Earth's orbit, successfully launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla./>, at 10:49 pm EST/>, on Friday, March 6, 2009/>. Ball Aerospace designed and built Kepler's photometer and spacecraft, employing expertise from its previous NASA missions including instruments for the Hubble and Spitzer...

Latest Johannes Kepler Reference Libraries

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion -- The astronomer Johannes Kepler's main contribution to astronomy was his three laws of planetary motion. Kepler found these laws empirically by studying extensive observations recorded by Tycho Brahe. He found the first two laws in 1609 and the third one in 1618. Isaac Newton was later able to derive the laws from his laws of motion and gravity, thereby producing strong evidence in favor of Newton's inverse-square gravitational law. Kepler's First...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Tycho Brahe -- Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546 - October 24, 1601) was a Danish astronomer. He had Uraniborg built; which become an early "research institute". For purposes of publication, Tycho owned a printing press and paper mill. His best known assistant was Kepler. Tycho realized that progress in the science of astronomy could be achieved, not by occasional haphazard observations, but only by systematic and rigorous observation, night after night, and by using instruments of the...

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