Register | Sign In

Understanding through Discussion

EvC Forum active members: 64 (9159 total)
2 online now:
Newest Member: K.Rose
Post Volume: Total: 914,969 Year: 2,226/9,624 Month: 71/1,588 Week: 267/338 Day: 16/55 Hour: 0/0

Thread  Details

Email This Thread
Newer Topic | Older Topic
Author Topic:   Latest Kepler Data: Lots of Earths
Posts: 9876
Joined: 03-06-2009
Member Rating: 4.5

Message 1 of 2 (603089)
02-02-2011 5:39 PM

The Kepler space telescope has now found 68 exoplanet candidates that are Earth sized and 5 of them are in the habitable zone of their parent star. Another 49 planets exist in the habitable zone of their parent star, but are much larger than Earth. However, this doesn't rule out the possibility that moons around these larger planets could have liquid water and environments conducive to life as we know it. NASA press release here:
NASA Finds Earth-size Planet Candidates in the Habitable Zone | NASA
Anyway, what impact do you think this will have with respect to the "Privileged Planet" hypothesis and other arguments based on the Anthropic Principle? Kepler is only able to scan a tiny portion of the stars in our galaxy, so what does this tell us about the population of planets throughout the rest of our galaxy and the distribution of Earth like planets across the entire universe?
Suggested forums: Origin of Life or Cosmology
Edited by Taq, : No reason given.

Posts: 12989
From: EvC Forum
Joined: 06-14-2002

Message 2 of 2 (603178)
02-03-2011 8:38 AM

Thread Copied to Origin of Life Forum
Thread copied to the Latest Kepler Data: Lots of Earths thread in the Origin of Life forum, this copy of the thread has been closed.

Newer Topic | Older Topic
Jump to:

Copyright 2001-2023 by EvC Forum, All Rights Reserved

™ Version 4.2
Innovative software from Qwixotic © 2024