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Searching for earths outside our solar system: NASA


“On 6 March, NASA’s first planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, will embark on a three-and-a-half-year journey in search of Earth-like planets outside our solar system. Kepler is the first space telescope capable of discovering such planets orbiting in a distant solar system’s habitable zone—the area in which liquid water, and possibly life, can exist. …The craft will focus on about 100 000 stars between the Cygnus and Lyra constellations. (To find this area, in the Northern Hemisphere, look for a triangle of the three brightest stars in the summer sky, which make up the Cygnus constellation. If you make a square with your hands and hold them at arm’s length in the direction of the constellation, you’ll see the area Kepler will explore.) Kepler will find planets using the “transit method,” looking for periodic slight dips in the brightness of stars that can signal a planet orbiting a star. “

quoted from “http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar09/7987″

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Written by Satya Sarada Kandula

March 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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