Astronomical Exoplanet Potpourri
February 18th 2018
Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star outside our solar system. The Kepler Space Telescope is currently searching for these planets. Since it’s launch in 2009 astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets with this telescope. As of June of 2017, there have been 2,335 confirmed planets. It’s primary focus has been looking at an area in the Cygnus constellation.
This isn’t the only way we have been finding exoplanets. TRAPPIST or the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope has also been used to locate these exoplanets. TRAPPIST-1, (also designated as 2MASS J23062928-0502285) is an ultra cool red dwarf star. At least seven different temperate terrestrial planets have been detected surrounding TRAPPIST-1. The initial finding of exoplanets surrounding this star were done with the TRAPPIST South telescope in December of 2015.
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 and since then there have been 5 missions to repair, replace and upgrade components on the telescope. This space telescope has been used to explore and understand space and is expected to continue to function until at least 2030. It’s successor, the James Web Telescope is set to launch in the spring of 2019.
The James Webb Space Telescope is designed to study every phase in the history of our universe from the big bang to the formation of planets that could support life.
During our next show, we will discuss Exoplanets and the possibilities they hold. With updates on Trappist 1 and the Hubble, we will show tips on what to look for and how you at home can become actively involved in the search.
We will also go in depth on what the Kepler and James Webb telescopes can show us and bring to life the very real potential for finding others out there. So come join us as we go LIVE February 18th at 9pm EST. You can tune in on http://kgraradio.com or join the discussion in the listener lounge. http://kgraradio.com/chat
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