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First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Found
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:24:44 pm »
NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified a planet that is both similar in size to Earth and within the habitable zone of its sun

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-earth-size-planet-that-could-support-life-found/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140418

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Re: First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Found
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 05:56:46 pm »
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NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified a planet that is both similar in size to Earth and within the habitable zone of its sun

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-earth-size-planet-that-could-support-life-found/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140418


They have to start giving these exoplanets colorful names...except there are so many of them, I guess they're waiting until some prove to have some superseding significance
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Re: First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Found
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 06:34:55 pm »
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NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified a planet that is both similar in size to Earth and within the habitable zone of its sun

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-earth-size-planet-that-could-support-life-found/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140418

 
Every time a planet is found in the habitable zone I get excited.  I'm so happy to live in a time where we're capable of finding so many exoplanets.  Science!

Kepler holds a special place in my heart.  I was lucky enough to have a tour of the Ball Aerospace facility as part of my satellite meteorology course and saw Kepler as they were finishing building it.

The meteorology of other planets fascinates me.  I was scared away though because I wanted to be able to find a steady job.  It's just not a big field, and one that relies heavily on funding for the sake of scientific discovery, which is much harder to come by than funding that can quickly give earth-based applications.

Thank you for sharing!

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Re: First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Found
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 06:38:46 pm »
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They have to start giving these exoplanets colorful names...except there are so many of them, I guess they're waiting until some prove to have some superseding significance


And even then, we need to be a little careful ...
Can you imagine the diplomatic SNAFU if the leader of some multi-stellar empire found out we had named his home world after Mickey Mouse ... Or Goofy??

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Re: First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life Found
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 06:45:18 pm »
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It's just not a big field, and one that relies heavily on funding for the sake of scientific discovery, which is much harder to come by than funding that can quickly give earth-based applications.


If it doesn't make quick profits, the financial people aren't interested.

OTOH, I looked at custom car building the same way: In the 80's, it looked like a dead field, but it's big business now

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