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Kepler Mission News

Earth-sized planet implies ancient solar system life

The Kepler Mission photometer discovered a Sun-like star system with five Earth-like planets transiting, ranging in size between Mercury and Venus and opening new scopes of implications.

NASA to attempt fix for stricken Kepler Observatory

NASA announced on Wednesday that it will attempt to revive the ailing Kepler Space Observatory by mid-to-late July, but engineers warn that the recovery attempt is not a sure thing.

Scientist: Solar convection causes pulsation of Delta Scuti star

Stars like the Sun boil and seethe, because the interior energy generated in them cannot escape quickly enough, and then convection vibrations resulting in light variations happen, asteroseismologist Victoria Antoci and her colleagues wrote recently.
 

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Artist s concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
Artist's concept of Kepler in the distant solar system.
By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Artists impression of Kepler Space Telescope
Artists impression of Kepler Space Telescope
NASA/JPL
This artist’s concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler missi...
This artist’s concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9. This is the first star system found to have multiple transiting planets.
Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech