Kepler’s Planet Search

Published by patrick honner on

Kepler GraphicThis is a great poster-style infographic in the New York Times about the how the Kepler telescope looks for planets in space.

The infographic explains in basic terms how Kepler looks at stars in a small square of space and keeps watch for “flickers” of light as potential planets pass in front of them.  Larger objects cause a greater “flicker”, naturally, but the actually decrease in brightness is still small.   There are also some nice presentations on confirming the existence of planets and the distribution, by mass, size, and orbit size, of the known exoplanets.

And it’s working:  six new planets, and counting!

Categories: Application

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


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