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Message 1482017 - Posted: 26 Feb 2014, 19:02:09 UTC - in response to Message 1481872.  

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.

http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-mission-announces-a-planet-bonanza/#.Uw45Ts5v45s

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Message 1482105 - Posted: 26 Feb 2014, 20:50:56 UTC - in response to Message 1482017.  

To be clear. Neptune is a gas giant that is 17 times more massive than the Earth. It is way way out of the habitable zone of our Sun.

I would like to see them find a truly Earth like planet
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Message 1482166 - Posted: 27 Feb 2014, 2:14:48 UTC - in response to Message 1482105.  


I would like to see them find a truly Earth like planet


truly Earth like planets have a 300-400 days rotations around their sun. you need data on a 5+ years periods
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Message 1482279 - Posted: 27 Feb 2014, 12:58:31 UTC

Earth-like planets, they found already. It's just to find a planet that has the same or similar properties to harbour (intelligent) life
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Message 1482295 - Posted: 27 Feb 2014, 14:37:58 UTC - in response to Message 1482279.  

Earth-like planets, they found already.


It is important for all of us to define what we mean when we say "Earth-Like"

It is far more than finding one that is only a few times as big as Earth in my opinion.
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Message 1482308 - Posted: 27 Feb 2014, 15:12:15 UTC - in response to Message 1482166.  
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I would like to see them find a truly Earth like planet


truly Earth like planets have a 300-400 days rotations around their sun. you need data on a 5+ years periods


EDIT* : truly Earth like planets have a 300-400 days rotations around a* sun* like*. you need data on a 5+ years periods

added some * * * to better show what i should have said



an earth like planet turning around a red dwarf in 10-60days cause the goldilock zone need to be so close of the star ... IS NOT* a truly* earth like condition to harbour life like we know here.
not in my mind

for me we need a sun very similar of our sun, which has a good zone about same area as we have, with a planet in middle of that zone
and making the turn in between of 300 to 400 days
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Message 1482387 - Posted: 27 Feb 2014, 17:59:40 UTC - in response to Message 1482295.  

Earth-like planets, they found already.


It is important for all of us to define what we mean when we say "Earth-Like"

It is far more than finding one that is only a few times as big as Earth in my opinion.



My personal definition of earth-like planets is rocky planets orbiting the star in its habitable zone with perfect conditions for life to manifest and evolve.
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Message 1496002 - Posted: 27 Mar 2014, 8:42:32 UTC

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Message 1506713 - Posted: 20 Apr 2014, 22:26:33 UTC

A white dwarf is acting like a magnifying glass in space according to data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.

http://www.nature.com/news/white-dwarf-acts-as-cosmic-magnifying-glass-1.15072

Using data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, physicists Ethan Kruse and Eric Agol of the University of Washington in Seattle observed an increase of just 0.1% in the larger star's brightness every 88 days, lasting for 5 hours. They say that the effect is the result of an orbiting white dwarf — a dense, compact, burnt-out star whose gravitational effects act as a magnifying glass every time it crosses the line of sight between its companion star and Earth. Kruse and Agol publish their findings in Science today.


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Message 1518592 - Posted: 20 May 2014, 5:40:21 UTC - in response to Message 1506713.  

Solar power gives planet hunter Kepler new life

Extended mission will search the ecliptic for exoplanets, star clusters, supernovae, and galaxies.

After being crippled when two of its four reaction wheels failed, the Kepler spacecraft, launched to find planets orbiting other stars, is back in action through innovative use of solar power.

http://thespacereporter.com/2014/05/solar-power-gives-planet-hunter-kepler-new-life/

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Message 1518662 - Posted: 20 May 2014, 8:08:25 UTC

That's great news, Lynn!:)
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Message 1526584 - Posted: 10 Jun 2014, 22:16:50 UTC - in response to Message 1518662.  

This might be a repeat??

Earth-Sized Planet In Habitable Zone Discovered For First Time By Kepler Telescope

The SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center have uncovered 715 new exoplanets using the Keppler telescope.

The newly-discovered planets orbit 305 different stars, some resemble our own solar system, a SETI news release reported.

http://www.hngn.com/articles/33380/20140610/earth-sized-planet-in-habitable-zone-discovered-for-first-time-by-kepler-telescope.htm
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Message 1526621 - Posted: 11 Jun 2014, 0:39:15 UTC - in response to Message 1526584.  

This might be a repeat??

Earth-Sized Planet In Habitable Zone Discovered For First Time By Kepler Telescope

The SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center have uncovered 715 new exoplanets using the Keppler telescope.

The newly-discovered planets orbit 305 different stars, some resemble our own solar system, a SETI news release reported.

http://www.hngn.com/articles/33380/20140610/earth-sized-planet-in-habitable-zone-discovered-for-first-time-by-kepler-telescope.htm


Very interesting! Thanks Lynn :)
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Message 1537096 - Posted: 7 Jul 2014, 3:22:14 UTC

The second attempt of Kepler 10 billion dollars to detect planets so far away we could never ever get to them. Whats the point when it takes 55 lightyears to the nearest earth sized planet. that only 1,350,000 years one way. What exactly is the purpose of even looking for more. No other star system can be reached in a lifetime. A true waste of money.
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Message 1537205 - Posted: 7 Jul 2014, 7:33:18 UTC - in response to Message 1537096.  

The goal of Kepler wasn't to search for planets near us, but to do a statistical census of planets in our galaxy: what is the percentage of Earth-sized planet? what is the percentage of gas giants? how many planets are in the galaxy? As for near planets, you have a 1.13 Earth-mass planet in Alpha Centauri!
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