Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Scientists propose using gravity microlensing to keep Kepler in the hunt

Last month, NASA declared its Kepler mission to hunt exoplanets at an end when one of the space telescope’s reaction wheels failed. Unable to keep itself pointed in the right direction, it could no longer carry on its hunt for planets beyond the Solar System. That seemed like the end of things, but Keith Horne of the University of St Andrews and Andrew Gould of Ohio State University disagree. They claim that Kepler could still hunt for exoplanets using gravity microlensing to detect how stars with planets distort space... Continue Reading Scientists propose using gravity microlensing to keep Kepler in the hunt

Section: Space

Tags: Exoplanet, Kepler Mission, NASA, Ohio State University, Space telescope, St Andrews University, Water

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