Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Planetary Poker - Kepler-62

NASA's Kepler Mission -- like so many of their other projects lately -- is enjoying fantastic success. Kepler was built to detect Earth-like worlds around other stars and has found over 2300 candidates so far, including Kepler-62e and -62f.

Kepler-62 is a star somewhat smaller and dimmer than the sun. The fantastic thing is that its five-planet solar system has not one but two planets in the Goldilocks Zone, the region around any star where liquid water can exist. NASA's models suggest that both planets, while 1.4-1.6 times the size of Earth, feature planetary oceans.

Trivia: How many Star Trek episodes featured two M-Class planets within a single star system that were at war with each other? Kepler may have just found one of those solar systems...

1 comment:

Logan Quinn said...

Maybe their whales and our whales are communicating with each other all ready? :o)