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2012-01-27 10:05:48

The Kepler Space Telescope (KST), NASA´s planet-hunting observatory, has discovered 26 confirmed planets within 11 new solar systems, including one with five planets all orbiting closer to their sun than Mercury circles ours, scientists told Reuters on Thursday. The confirmed planets range in size from 1.5 times the radius of Earth to larger than Jupiter. Fifteen of the planets are between Earth and Neptune size. However, it is not yet known which, if any, of these distant worlds are...

Volunteers Asked To Help Look For Earth-Like Planets
2012-01-16 14:11:33

Volunteers are being asked to join in the hunt in looking for nearby planets that could support life. Volunteers can visit the Planet Hunters website to see time-lapsed images of 150,000 stars that were taken by the Kepler space telescope. The members of the public will be taught signs that indicate the presence of a planet and how to alert experts if they spot them. "We know that people will find planets that are missed by the computer," Chris Lintott from Oxford University told...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Two More Two-Sun Planets
2012-01-12 05:42:31

Astronomers announced the findings of two new circumbinary planets, or worlds that orbit two different stars, during the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. The discovery, which was presented by San Diego State University (SDSU) Associate Professor Dr. William Welsh and published online in the journal Nature, used data from NASA's Kepler Mission to locate a pair of transiting circumbinary planet systems. The two worlds, which have been dubbed...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets
2012-01-12 04:24:07

Discovery may boost likelihood of existence of habitable planets A team of astronomers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system. The three planets, which all orbit a single star, are smaller than Earth and appear to be rocky with a solid surface. Until now, astronomers have found at most only four other rocky planets, also called terrestrial planets, around other stars....

Could A Two Sun System Support A Habitable Planet Or Moon?
2012-01-11 09:44:13

A team of University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) astrophysicists are suggesting that a habitable Earth-like planet could exist in a distant solar system recently discovered by NASA´s Kepler Space Telescope. Kepler-16b, a cold, gaseous planet orbiting two stars -- similar to the fictional Tatooine of Star Wars -- in the Kepler-16 system, was discovered by Kepler back in September. Based on the discovery, the UTA team conclude that an Earth-like planet could exist in the system´s...

Are We Still Alone? Scientists Analyze First Kepler Scans
2012-01-09 11:48:53

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, which has begun its first analyses of the scans of 86 exoplanets uncovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, has found the first batch of hits within the data stream, according to scientists at University of California, Berkeley. “We´ve started searching our Kepler SETI observations and our analyses have generated some of our first candidate signals,” the UC Berkeley scientists announced on Friday. However, the...

2012-01-06 07:24:47

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of space science topics during the 2012 winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas. Media briefings during the conference will feature topics including new results on exoplanets, galaxies, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, black holes and exciting new images. Missions featured include: Chandra, Fermi, Herschel, Hubble, Kepler, RXTE, SOFIA, Spitzer and WISE. In...

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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