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Kepler Mission

Spacecraft Gyroscopes And Reaction Wheels. You Can Never Have Enough

It’s amazing to think there are telescopes up in space, right now, directing their gaze at distant objects for hours,…

3 months ago

18 – Yes, 18 – New Earth-sized Exoplanets have been Found in Kepler’s Data

Scientists working with data from the Kepler mission have discovered an additional 18 Earth-sized worlds. The team used a newer,…

6 months ago

It Took 10 Years to Confirm the First Planet Ever Found by Kepler

Even though astronomy people are fond of touting the number of exoplanets found by the Kepler spacecraft, those planets aren't…

9 months ago

This is Kepler’s Final Image

Even in retirement, the Kepler space telescope is still allowing for discoveries, which include it's "last light" images and recordings.

9 months ago

Two Newly-Discovered Exoplanets are Probably the Result of a Catastrophic Collision

How can two planets so similar in some respects have such different densities? According to a new study, a catastrophic…

10 months ago

It’s Over For Kepler. The Most Successful Planet Hunter Ever Built is Finally out of Fuel and Has Just Been Shut Down.

After eight years of service and thousands of exoplanet discoveries, the Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel and…

1 year ago

First Exomoon Found! A Neptune-Sized Moon Orbiting a Jupiter-Sized Planet

A pair of astronomers combing through data from the Kepler spacecraft have discovered the first exomoon. The moon is in…

1 year ago

Kepler Mission Placed in Hibernation to Download Data Before its Last Campaign

The Kepler mission has been put into hibernation prior to downloading data from its 18th campaign and commencing its last.

1 year ago

Kepler’s Almost Out of Fuel. It’ll Make its Last Observation in a Few Months

The Kepler mission, which is responsible for the majority of exoplanet discoveries, is running out of fuel and will be…

2 years ago

A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Three Super Earths

A team of astronomers recently discovered a system of three exoplanets that are just 100 light years from Earth, making…

2 years ago