Posts Tagged ‘planet’

TESS ting TESS ting 1 2 3

November 27, 2018

First data results from Sectors 1 and 2 expected to be released in December. Sectors 3 and 4 data expected to be released in January 2019.

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Swiss nerds to launch exoplanet measuring CHEOPS space telescope next year

November 14, 2018

Swiss nerds are awesome.  They were the ones to discover the first exoplanet in 1995.  In 2019, CHEOPS will be launched in order to measure the radii of exoplanets.  When radius and mass are known, the density of the planet can be calculated.  Here’s a boring video about the making of CHEOPS.  2019 will also reveal the early results of TESS to the public.

Other Humans in the Milky Way

November 11, 2018

In our Milky Way Galaxy, 1 in 440,718 solar systems host human life.

In our Milky Way Galaxy, 1 in 315,827 solar systems host evolved human life.

In our Milky Way Galaxy, 1 in 167,811 solar systems host plant, animal, or human life.

 

More Eyes in the Skies

October 15, 2018

Sizes of telescope mirrors around the world.

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Number of exoplanets discovered by year.

exo_planets by year

TESS now hunting for more Exoplanets

August 2, 2018

habit zone exoplanets

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has started its search for planets around nearby stars, officially beginning science operations on July 25, 2018. TESS is expected to transmit its first series of science data back to Earth in August, and thereafter periodically every 13.5 days, once per orbit, as the spacecraft makes it closest approach to Earth. The TESS Science Team will begin searching the data for new planets immediately after the first series arrives.

#WANA – We Are Not Alone

https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/number-of-solar-systems-with-life-in-the-milky-way/

https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/even-e-t-s-have-their-own-seti/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/more-benevolent-visitors-this-time-from-proxima-centauri/

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Kepler K2 3.5 years and counting

February 10, 2018

UPDATE 8.08.18:

Based on data from NASA’s K2 mission, an international team of scientists has confirmed 44 new exoplanets. This brings the total number of new exoplanets found with the K2 mission up to 347.

“We started out analyzing 275 candidates, of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets. In turn, 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries,” said U.S. doctoral student Andrew Mayo at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark. “This research has been underway since the first K2 data release in 2014.”
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-kepler-scientists-exoplanets.html#jCpk2-by-the-numbers-feb2018The TESS exoplanet satellite should be launched in late March.  But Kepler is still providing data and finding exoplanets!

 

Planets possibly discovered outside of our Galaxy

February 4, 2018

Until this study, there has been no evidence of planets in other galaxies.  This is the first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy.

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A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing—an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the Earth among other detection techniques—OU researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that range from the mass of the Moon to the mass of Jupiter.  This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-astrophysicists-planets-extragalactic-galaxies-microlensing.html#jCp

Kepler Exo Planet Count

December 30, 2017

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https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/drake-equation-revisited/

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Shot of ESPRESSO seeking life

December 7, 2017

5-firstlightfoThe Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the light of their host stars. For the first time ever, an instrument will be able to sum up the light from all four VLT telescopes and achieve the light collecting power of a 16-meter telescope.

ESPRESSO has achieved first light on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. This new, third-generation echelle spectrograph is the successor to ESO’s hugely successful HARPS at the La Silla Observatory. HARPS can attain a precision of around one metre per second in velocity measurements, whereas ESPRESSO aims to achieve a precision of just a few centimetres per second, due to advances in technology and its placement on a much bigger telescope.

The lead scientist for ESPRESSO, Francesco Pepe from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, explains its significance: “This success is the result of the work of many people over 10 years. ESPRESSO isn’t just the evolution of our previous instruments like HARPS, but it will be transformational, with its higher resolution and higher precision. And unlike earlier instruments it can exploit the VLT’s full collecting power—it can be used with all four of the VLT Unit Telescopes at the same time to simulate a 16-metre . ESPRESSO will be unsurpassed for at least a decade—now I am just impatient to find our first rocky planet!”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-espressothe-planet-hunter.html#jCp

Updated: Drake Equation Revisited

June 2, 2017

1 in 22,286 solar systems in the Milky Way host some form of life, such as plant, animal, human, etc.

1 in 42,507 solar systems in the Milky Way host human life.

1 in 59,316 solar systems in the Milky Way host advanced human life.

 

1 in 61,571 solid planets or moons in the Milky Way host some form of life, such as plant, animal, human, etc.

1 in 117,439 solid planets or moons in the Milky Way host human life.

1 in 163,878 solid planets or moons in the Milky Way host advanced human life.


N = 2,630,000 = the number of civilizations in our galaxy where communication may be possible


 

1 in 7.43 solar systems/stars in the Milky Way have suns/stars similar to our own sun, SOL.

An estimated 6 trillion to 7 trillion human civilizations exist in our DERN Universe and in our space time configuration.

The estimated number of human civilizations that exist throughout all of Creation, is “in the vigintillions”, a number with 63 zeroes after it.


Total number of Identified Exoplanets: 3,499

Kepler Exoplanet Count: 2,491

Kepler:

Candidates: 4,034
Confirmed: 2,335
Small Habitable Zone Confirmed: 30

K2:

Candidates: 520
Confirmed: 156

(as of July 20, 2017)