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?