Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NASA Discovers First Earth-sized Planet in Habital Zone


In a startling discovery, astronomer Thomas Barclay from Nasa’s Ames Research Center in Palo Alto, California 
  • has discovered a habitable planet almost the same size as Earth orbiting an unidentified star in its so-called Goldilocks zone - a region around the star that emits just enough energy, light and temperature for liquid surface water to appear. 
The planet's data was captured by the Kepler space telescope.  The planet was observed indirectly while orbiting an unnamed M1 dwarf star better known as red dwarfs.   

These are much smaller and dimmer than Earth’s sun, and aren’t bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. Also  these stars make up around 70 per cent of all the stars in the galaxy.Barclay made the discovery using data collected by the Kepler space telescope. The planet sits on the outer edge of its star's habitable zone.

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kallamis said...

You beat me. I had just come across this about 20 minutes ago. Cool, I have a goody coming up this week here in a day or so. Once I find my smegging glasses again. Reading is a chore at the moment.

kallamis said...

One thing though. Think this astronomer is any relation to the future Reginald Barclay?
Well, someone had to say it.