Thursday, April 23, 2009

Somewhere in this picture may be the next Earth

NASA's recently launched Kepler probe recently sent back an image of the field where it will search for Earth-sized planets in the habitable, "Goldilocks" zone around distant suns. (Wired)

Kepler will stare at the below image for the next three years, waiting for stars do dim (possibly indicating a planet is crossing between it and us).

Don't care about Kepler? Consider this. The question, "are there other worlds like ours" has "come down to us from 100 generations,"
said Kepler project Manager James Fanson. With Kepler, "we get to answer it.”

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