Timothy Morton, Associate Research Scholar at Princeton announced that Kepler Mission has discovered 1,284 planets in a NASA conference. Associate Research Scholar at Princeton announced that Kepler Mission has discovered 1,284 planets in a NASA conference. This new discovery doubles the previously confirmed planet from Kepler.
The Kepler Mission was launched in 2005, to keep a watch over 150,000 stars to see if there is a possibly of life sustaining in any other planet in the Universe. The study was based on the fact that as the potential planet passes there would be slight dimming of light of the stars.
There has been a number of research done on finding a planet that is as suitable for the human existence as earth. The first study was conducted more than two decades ago and since then a number of studies has been conducted to find out a planet as suitable as earth.
A very detailed study is conducted in order to find out if a particular planet can be habitable. The study requires an intensive follow-up observation which specifies on the particular point, that it should have water on its surface. It should not be as close as to that of Kepler Mission that water evaporates out of the surface, neither that far like Pluto that the water is present only in the form of ice.
Out of this newly discovered nine comes under the catalog of being in the same category as that of earth. The nine planets are now included in the 21 exoplanets in the habitable zone ‘Hall of Fame’.
As Timothy Morton stated “Planet candidates can be thought of like bread crumbs, if you drop a few large crumbs on the floor, you can pick them up one by one. But, if you spill a whole bag of tiny crumbs, you’re going to need a broom. This statistical analysis is our broom.”
Kepler Study is a long and through process taking into account a number of process before it can confirm any planet as habitable. So far the catalog includes 4,302 potential planets, including 1,284 as confirmed planets, 1,327 are still being studied as to see if the can be included in the potential planet list. It also includes 707 as potential imposers and has validated 984 candidates.
Adding further to this Timothy Morton says “When Kepler first started, we thought false positives were really common. By applying a new method, we’ve created a paradigm shift.”
The Kepler Mission will come to a stop in 2017. So until then the team has to produce the list of all the planets that has been discovered by them. The success of this mission is very much required in order to find a planet that is habitable for the human being.
Other than the Kepler Mission a number of other mission have also being carried by the scientist like TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope will continue to search for planets where the prospect of living being is possible.