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Originally posted by ngchunter
They will say they have found a whole slew of candidate worlds much smaller than gas giants, more analogous to earth size, and that if you extrapolate the data it means that rocky worlds like ours outnumber gas giants by quite a bit.
Originally posted by c3hamby
Big Announcement Prediction-
New planets MAY have water and might support simple life such as algae.
Why do they keep doing this to us?
Originally posted by infinite
There are individuals who think an Independence day scenario will happen.
Originally posted by Bonified Ween
Most of you still buy into our scripted news? It's funny to watch how all of you line up still to be spoon fed this garbage. One day you'll understand how and why the news has been laid out in front of you the way it has been for quite some time.
Originally posted by MarkusMaximus
Originally posted by Ezappa
Wonder if they have found a planet in the goldilocks zone.
Maybe a planet with water and an atmosphere.
That would be awesome, but unlikely, I think.
Going back to Kepler's stated scientific goals:
- Goal 1: Determine the frequency of terrestrial and larger planets in or near the habitable zone of a wide variety of spectral types of stars.
- Goal 2: Determine the distributions of sizes and orbital semi-major axes of these planets.
- Goal 3: Estimate the frequency of planets and orbital distribution of planets in multiple-stellar systems.
- Goal 4: Determine the distributions of semi-major axis, albedo, size, mass and density of short-period giant planets.
- Goal 5: Identify additional members of each photometrically discovered planetary system using complementary techniques.
- Goal 6: Determine the properties of those stars that harbor planetary systems
Finding water and atmosphere over many light-year distances would involove detailed spectrometry observation, but it doesn't appear tha Kepler is equipped to do that. It's observing mass, axis, and density of planets, with only minimal spectral observation of the host stars, not the planets.