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Ponder this: The number of planet candidates here is actually greater than the number of all the planets that have been discovered in the last 15 years. We could conceivably double the list of known exoplanets with these 43 days of data alone. And, obviously, Kepler is still on the job.
Addendum: The video mentioned above has suddenly gone private. I don’t know why, but will hope to post it again when it reverts to public access.
The newly reported findings don’t include details about the most interesting 400 of the 706 candidate planets, which orbit the brightest stars Kepler has surveyed. These cases may offer the most promise for finding planets with masses close to Earth‘s own. Information on these 400 planets won’t be made public until next February.
Well, I would guess that at least one of those 750 candidates would be an Earth-sized planet. Even after eleminating the 'false positives'.
I guess it takes until "next February" for the ground-based telescopes to confirm that a 'candidate' is really a 'planet'?
Originally posted by Quickfix
reply to post by Larryman
Sign me up, I'll be first on board.
As long as I can pack my own bags hahaha and there is no restrictions on what you can bring.
[edit on 15-6-2010 by Quickfix]