The First of Many?

Like a broken clock? Glad to know it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Astronomy and Law

The disabled spacecraft Kepler is really the gift that keeps on giving, much like the food poisoning that I have been suffering through since Sunday (Thanks Taco Bell, I didn’t know my order came with a free side of botulism!).

Kepler-186f

Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

Analyzing data already gathered researchers have announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone of the sun in the Kepler-186 system.

Could this be another Earth?  Nobody knows yet, the only thing that we know for sure is the planet’s orbit and size.  All the other important discoveries will have to be determined.

Using a technique that our most recent speaker at the Riverside Astronomical Society explained last month, scientists can look for Earth-like planets by looking as smaller suns.  That way, smaller planets appear larger than with large suns.

Kepler-186 is an M dwarf, or red dwarf, a…

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