NASA’s Kepler Finds Its First “Goldilocks” Candidates


NASA’s Kepler Mission has discovered 54 planet candidates that orbit in the habitable zone of their host star; this so-called “Goldilocks” region is “not too hot or too cold, but just right” for the possible existence of liquid water on the surface of a planet. Four of those candidates are near Earth-sized planets in orbit around small, cool stars. The findings, discussed at a news conference held Feb. 2 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, are based on data collected by the space telescope between May and September, 2009. Ground-based observatories will be used this spring and summer to help determine if these candidates can be validated as planets.

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  1. If we can see them, they can see us! Just wait until the James Webb telescope goes up, remember the deep field that Hubble brought us? That is gonna seem like grans of sand!

  2. Carlos Encarnacion: I guess magnetic fields surrounding earth size planets slightly smaller or slightly bigger than ours would also be an important variable to be considered with regard to potential organic life preservation but nobody mentions this variable during conferences. I understand present orbiting telescopes still have limitations specially with regard to smaller planets detections but I hope future ones will be sensible enough to improve this.

  3. Our taxpayer dollars should not be spent on this utter nonsense. God has been clear in the Bible that He made EARTH to be inhabited. He said that of no other place. He said that He made the sun, moon and stars to benefit the earth. He also said that one day He will roll up the heavens like a scroll and discard them and will make a new heavens and a new earth.

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