Kepler Keeps A Look-Out For Life!

April 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, late night studies, science and technology, web gossip) (, , , )


It usually is an exciting thing for science semi-geeks like myself to catch some of the latest postings about recent discoveries, especially when they concern astronomy!  A current clip probably delivers details of information that has been presented previously, yet now is making it into the realm of general reading.  I am reading it as I am typing (yes… multi-talent….), and I am seeing where N.A.S.A. scientists have been working with The Kepler Space Telescope, recently.  Their efforts have resulted in the location of three extrasolar planets that have the possibilities for habitability!

The Kepler Telescope has had it’s powerful lenses aimed in the direction of Kepler-62.  This star is is located within our Milky Way Galaxy, specifically within Lyra Constellation.  This is one of the 88 major constellations that are detailed by The International Astronomical Union.  The star Kepler-62 is attracting specific attention because it has three worlds orbiting it which have the potentials to be habitable!

Current observations of Kepler-62 are revealing that the star hosts at least five worlds.  Three of these planets are specifically interesting because they seem to orbit within the habitable zone of their parent star.  Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f are the planets of this system that have been receiving the most review.  It is Kepler-62f which ig attracting additional attention because it seems to be the planet within this system that has the greatest potential to be a life-harboring world!  It is well-within the habitable zone of Kepler-62, and it has a possibility to hold liquid water.  Additionally, Kepler 69-c has been identified within this orbital area, yet it may reside slightly outside of the habitable zone of the Kepler-62 solar system.

It is Kepler-62f which is believed to be roughly forty percent as large as Earth.  N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center Principal Scientific Investigator William Borucki has stated that Kepler-62f may be a rocky world that could have polar ice caps!  Yet, it is less massive and less aquatic than Earth.

The star itself is a K-type main-sequence star.  This can be called an orange dwarf, also.  It is similar to nearby stars within our Milky Way Galaxy that include Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti.  These types of stars are cooler than The Sun, which is a G-type main-sequence star.

The Kepler Space Telescope has been working tirelessly since it’s 2009 launch into Earth orbit.  Since that time, this celestial observer has located over one-hundred extrasolar planets!  Kepler is an intregal part of the N.A.S.A. objective to locate a world beyond our solar system that is capable of hosting life, possibly even life as we understand it, and, with the greatest of fingers crossed, sentient life!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/kepler-telescope-spots-two-planets-in-life-friendly-orbit/2013/04/18/3702721a-a86c-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story.html?wprss=rss_national

http://www.space.com/15160-alien-planet-kepler-mission-2016.html

http://www.space.com/13834-images-kepler-alien-planets.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-kepler-discovery-live-stream-20130417,0,1118452.story

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-137

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/04/…kepler-water_n_3111448.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery

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