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News Archive / Tagged: Kepler Space Telescope

  • Dust cloud could be reason for strange dimming of Tabby’s star

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 8th, 2017

    The unusual dimming of Tabby's Star, for which a variety of explanations, including an alien "megastructure", have been proposed, is likely caused by an irregularly shaped dust cloud orbiting the star, according to a new study.

  • Kepler discovers 10 Earth-like exoplanets from 219 planet candidates

    Laurel KornfeldJune 21st, 2017

    NASA's Kepler mission has released the most extensive list of exoplanet findings: a total of 219 planet candidates, of which ten are Earth-like and occupy their stars' habitable zones – where temperatures allow liquid water to exist on the surface.

  • Scientists use Kepler telescope data to uncover details about TRAPPIST-1 planet

    Laurel KornfeldMay 26th, 2017

    Data collected by NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has enabled scientists to uncover orbital information for the outermost planet of the unusual TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.

  • NASA’s Kepler provides new data on TRAPPIST-1

    Jim SharkeyMarch 11th, 2017

    Last month, researchers announced that TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star approximately 40 light-years from Earth, hosts seven planets that are probably rocky, including three in the habitable zone. On Wednesday, March 8, NASA released new data from Kepler's investigations of the dwarf star to the scientific community.

  • Kepler images Comet 67/P from afar

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 11th, 2016

    As the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission spent its last month orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, designed to search for exoplanets, captured distant "big picture" views of the comet.

  • More than 100 exoplanets found by K2

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 23rd, 2016

    Astronomers utilizing NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission have announced the discovery of more than 100 new exoplanets orbiting small, red dwarf stars.

  • Alien solar system boasts tightly-spaced planets, unusual orbits

    Florida TechJuly 21st, 2016

    MELBOURNE, FLA. — Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration.

  • Five new planets orbiting a distant bright star discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 12th, 2016

    A team of astronomers using the Kepler space telescope has recently detected five new exoplanets circling a bright star designated HIP 41378, which lies some 380 light-years away. The newly found alien worlds are larger than our planet, with sizes ranging from about 2.5 times the size of Earth to the size of Jupiter.

  • Kepler-223 system provides clues about planetary migration

    Jim SharkeyMay 20th, 2016

    At first, the four exoplanets that make up the planetary system Kepler-223 seemed to have little in common with the planets of our solar system. In a recent study, scientists using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope found that the two systems may have had more in common in the distant past.

  • Latest Kepler find more than doubles number of known exoplanets

    Jim SharkeyMay 11th, 2016

    Scientists with NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission announced on Tuesday that they have verified 1,284 new exoplanets—the largest single finding to date. The newly verified planets were among 4,302 candidates in the Kepler space telescope's July 2015 catalog.

  • Kepler space telescope recovered from Emergency Mode

    Derek RichardsonApril 13th, 2016

    Mission operators successfully recovered NASA's Kepler space telescope from an Emergency Mode (EM) over the weekend. The spacecraft is currently in stable condition.

  • K2 mission gives Kepler space telescope a second chance to shine

    Jim SharkeyMarch 11th, 2016

    In May 2013, the prognosis looked grim for NASA's Kepler space telescope after the loss of an attitude stabilizing reaction wheel. Improvisation by engineers at Ball Aerospace devised a strategy to keep the space telescope stable using the pressure of sunlight. In late August 2013, the small group of engineers waited nervously for telemetry data to confirm that the technique could work.

  • Storm similar to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot detected on low mass star

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2015

    A large, cloudy storm has been detected on a tiny, cool star known as W1906+40 by scientists using NASA's Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The finding marks the first time clouds and a storm similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot have been found on a star rather than on a planet.

  • Kepler sees a mini-planet die as Earth-like planets wait to be born

    Jim SharkeyOctober 22nd, 2015

    Researchers using NASA’s rebooted Kepler spacecraft, now known as the K2 mission, have discovered evidence of a small, rocky object being torn apart as it spirals around a white dwarf star. The finding supports a long-held theory that white dwarfs can vaporize possible remnant planets that have survived in its planetary system.

  • Has the Kepler Space Telescope discovered an alien megastructure?

    Florida TechOctober 19th, 2015

    The recent developments in exoplanet research has led to the discovery of hundreds of planets in distant star systems. When this area of research first arose, astronomers believed they would only find exoplanets numbering in the dozens in other star systems. One of these in particular has captured the imagination of the public. This is because it has stymied scientists' efforts to explain it – leading to public speculation of an alien "megastructure".