The First Earth-Sized World of Kepler

Subscribe to the DeepAstronomy iTunes Podcast: and add to iTunes. On January 10th, 2011, after gathering and analyzing over 8 months of data transmitted from the spacecraft, the Kepler Science Team announced the discovery of the first rocky, Earth-sized world: Kepler 10b. The good news is that this world is roughly the size of the Earth, it is 1.4 times that of our home. The bad news is, Kepler 10b does not lie within the coveted habitable zone, the orbit of this planet around its star is 20 times closer than Mercury is to the Sun. It would be extremely unlikely to find life here. Music used:
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