Kepler Space Telescope- Discovers a New Planet That's Not Supposed to Exist

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A lot has changed since Kepler-10b, the supposed lava-Earth, was firstly revealed. In the last three years our capacity to pursue, discover and recognize exoplants has improved exponentially. Just in the last week of May 2014 alone thirteen exoplanets were sbmitted to the NASA collection. Nearly a dozen rocky bodies have also been to the record and numerous possibly rocky planets have been discovered, counting the 4.8 Earth-mass Kapteyn b, which astonished the scientific community by being earliest, enormous-relative to other rocky bodies recognized at the time-and in the livable zone of a star only 13 light years away from Earth. In Draco, the Dragon-the 8th, biggest constellation in our sky, there is a solid planet weighing close to 17 times as much as Earth. This statement shocked the scientific world. Dr. Xavier Dumusque of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who directed the study that lead to the finding, said “We were very surprised when we realized what we had found,”
Credit: NASA/Kepler Mission

This is the second time the Kepler-10 classification has made space history. The first was in 2011, once Kepler-10b was revealed by the Kepler Space Telescope. That made the first sure discovery of a rocky exoplanet in the whole history of planet-hunting. At that moment, astrophysicists were 99.998% positive that there was an extra planet nearby. The only approximation at that point for the dimension of the second planet, Kepler-10c, was 2.2 times the radius of the Earth. At about 560 light-years away, Kepler-10 is considerably further than Kapteyn, but is similar to our Sun in further ways than one.

Dr. Natalie Batalha, a Kepler Spacecraft Mission Researcher at NASA Ames, said “Kepler-10 is a star very much like our own Sun (a G-type Main Sequence star). Therefore, the Habitable Zone is going to be beyond 240 day orbital periods (0.75 AU). Kepler-10c orbits interior to what would be Mercury in our own solar system.”

With a period of 45 days and a close-in course, this newly-discovered super-Earth is not inside a habitable region. Neither is the any other rocky planet in the structure, 10-b, which circles even nearer to Kepler-10, flogging about the star every 20 hours. For the instant, rocky planets with close-in orbits just like Kepler-10b and -c are frequently the finest we can discover. The detection of Kepler-10c’s true mass was only probable, actually, with a noteworthy extent of teamwork. The Kepler mission discovers planets by means of something called as the transit method. In this transit method, stargazers gaze for darkening in a star’s brightness produced by the path of a planet. Astrophysicists can then compute the planet’s physical magnitude by calculating the quantity of that dimming. Dimitar Sasselov, Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said “The transit gives you the size (radius) of the planet, but you still need to measure the mass. HARPS-N allows us to do that by observing the star and its reflex motion (which is very tiny!) due to the pull of Kepler-10c. With both mass and radius (of the planetary sphere, hence its volume) one derives average density.”

Afterwards the HARPS-N was pointed at Kepler-10c, the mass was revealed. Through the mass and volume of the exoplanet identified, it was resolute that Kepler-10c must have a thick configuration, containing rocks and other solids.

Sasselov said “This is the Godzilla of Earths! It is very rare,” said Sasselov, “only 3 exoplanets among the super-Earths and mini-Neptunes have similar high precision in mass determination.”
As further more planets are being discovered, and more worlds are being re-observed, we are determining that our models might not reason for the correct nature of the Cosmos. Kepler-10c is extremely away from the first case of this occurrence. When questioned if there any models that can describe this Mega-Earth, Dumusque said, “No, not at the moment.”

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