Peek-A-Boo, Kepler I See You

Found this tidbit in my GReader today from astronomer, Franck Marchis: Kepler first light – the birth of a new space telescope.

About a week ago, the spacecraft jettisoned the optics cover, allowing light to flow into the CCDs for the first time. Now, we have the first image! A few notable points have been identified and labeled by the NASA team. TrES-2 is the location of a previously discovered “Hot Jupiter”, a planet as big as our Jupiter but much, much closer to its solar parent.

As I mentioned before, this is a very exciting project. How long will it be before we have our first Earth-like discovery?


About Geordi Calrissian

African American? Check. Nerd cred? Check. Star Trek? Check. Star Wars? Check. What else is there?

Posted on April 16, 2009, in astronomy, tech and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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