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NASA to Reveal "Big News" From Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Thursday

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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:01 PM
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Alycia Weinberger will participate in a NASA media teleconference tomorrow at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss an intriguing planetary system that is the latest discovery of the Kepler spacecraft.



Who knows. I imagine it's not what a lot of you are probably hoping for.
Could be wrong though.
www.dtm.ciw.edu...

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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:08 PM
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www.nasa.gov...

Media link for the conference.


If you watch the video included, you'll notice that there are two planets orbiting a sun, one of which seems to be a Gas Giant.

Could be interesting.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:11 PM
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Sadly, I'm on audio-only.

Are the charts available online yet?

NASA discovered potential numerous planetary systems, need to be confirmed by other methods to rule dual or triple stars. Or any other astronomical event. For those who are not listening or watching - NASA is now talking about discovering Kelper discovering planetary systems instead of individual planets.

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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:11 PM
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mm.. Hasn't it satarted already? How come their page has not posted the link to the audio stream?

www.nasa.gov...



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:11 PM
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yes im on audio too, the charts are available in the link i posted.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:12 PM
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Wow, They found 2 new planets orbiting 1 star.
The are working out the mass of them and possibly the composition.

They can work out the temp.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:12 PM
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Can you please post a link to where you're listening to, I can't find the the audio link?!

ps. Thanks Falken!

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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:13 PM
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www.nasa.gov...

here you go!



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:19 PM
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Transit light curve chart.
With possible 3rd candidate.



www.nasa.gov...



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:19 PM
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Super Earth candidate in Kepler 9 system.

The animations are very interesting. This is quite a stunning discovery.




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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by DrJay1975
It's my understanding that they are going to announce the discovery of a solar system similar to ours that has an "earthlike" planet in the habitable zone. THe planet is about 1.5 times the size of Earth which makes it the smallest exoplanet discovered to date I believe. Apparently there were about a dozen new exoplanets discovered recently and their existence has been confirned by Kepler.

That's my understanding of what the announcement will consist of.


We have a winner.
I knew I had read that here first.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:22 PM
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Only if the "possible 3rd candidate" becomes 'Earth-sized' will this become interesting.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:25 PM
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They estimate the third to be aprox. 1.5 Earth.Or as they call it a "Super Earth"



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:25 PM
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Urgh, no pleasing some.

NASA has just discovered planetary systems, and the method of locating small planets (instead of Gas Giants) and even helps us to understand the creation of star system. And you think its somehow not interesting?!




posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:27 PM
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Amazing, if this planet has seas, then it's highly impossible alien life could exist within it's waters!
Or if it's so earth like, oxygen, protective atmosphere, we could possibly see forms of early animals depending on how old the planet is.

Exciting stuff



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:36 PM
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Yep... boring. I turned it off when he said the discovery was "two Saturn-sized planets, in the same star system." If he had said the discovery was 'an Earth-sized planet in a star system's life zone'... then I would have continued listening. I don't care about discovery of any more useless gas-giant planets.
How many hundred of them have they already found now?



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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:43 PM
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Do you know why? because, up to now, they have only been able to detect gas giants. This is what the conference is about, they now have the capability to discover other planet types. Including full blown planetary systems.

NASA don't just look up in the sky and go "Oh look, it's another Earth!"



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posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:51 PM
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The importance of this is a bit esoteric...

...Sure -- it's exciting that another nearly Earth-size planet was found; but at the same time this is not the first. Gleise 581e is 1.9 the size of Earth. This Planet in Kepler 9 is NOT even in the habitable zone.

HOWEVER, what IS exciting (in a scientific sense) is that Kepler is working the way it is supposed to work. That is, Kepler is not "just another way to find planets", but rather it is a very IMPORTANT method for finding planets, and that is because the mass of the planet can be determined, not just the diameter. By knowing the mass AND diameter, it can be determined if the planet is rocky, like Earth, or gaseous, like Jupiter.

So -- yeah -- finding any planet is interesting, and Earth-sized planets are even more interesting. But more importantly, this "glimpse into what Kepler can do" shows that Kepler will be a valuable tool in the future.

I guess I'm saying that this news conference was more about the Kepler spacecraft than it was about these planets.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 12:56 PM
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Kepler scientists also have identified what appears to be a third, much smaller transit signature in the observations of Kepler-9. That signature is consistent with the transits of a super-Earth-sized planet about 1.5 times the radius of Earth in a scorching, near-sun 1.6 day-orbit. Additional observations are required to determine whether this signal is indeed a planet or an astronomical phenomenon that mimics the appearance of a transit.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


NASA Kepler mission

It seems NASA is pretty confident about the third super Earth planet. But we'll have to wait and see.



posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 01:03 PM
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Here is an list of the current known planetary systems that have so far been discovered. (Kepler 9 is not on the list, yet)

wiki Planetary systems



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