Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Good Planet is Hard to Find

A Good Planet is Hard to Find

Nice op-ed piece here by Lucianne Walkowicz on what it's like to hunt for earth-like planets orbiting around other stars. The Kepler mission has been finding tons of new planets and these astrophysicists now have very precise ways of identifying a planet, the size and distance from the star and it's chemical makeup in many cases. Very exciting field of science as we search for other life and other habitable planets for humans as we venture out into the stars.

Here is just a sample of some of the orbiting planets found so far in transit in front of their host stars:

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