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Kepler discovers planets

5 Jan 2010, 01:52 UTC
Kepler discovers planets
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The Kepler spacecraft will observe the same patch of sky for years in an effort to discover planets by the slight dimming as they pass in front of their parent stars. Having been launched in March last year, it confirmed its ability to detect planets by detecting a known planet a few months later.
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Kepler
The Kepler spacecraft will observe the same patch of sky for years in an effort to discover planets by the slight dimming as they pass in front of their parent stars. Having been launched in March last year, it confirmed its ability to detect planets by detecting a known planet a few months later.
Now it has been announced that Kepler has discovered five new planets. They are all large planets, one about the size of Neptune and the others larger than Jupiter, that orbit very close to their parent stars with orbital periods of only a few days and are extremely hot, with surface temperatures ranging from 1200 to 1600 degrees Celsius. Since they orbit around their parent stars so quickly, Kepler was able to observe the dimming of the light from the stars enough times that it can be confirmed that ...

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