Kepler Exoplanets

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Kepler Space Telescope

Kepler Space Telescope

If Hubble is Benjamin Button, the Kepler Space Telescope might be called Goldilocks –  as it is designed to find the planets that are just right for harboring life as we know it.  And the Kepler team has rolled out its first batch of discoveries.

Five planets in all – none like Earth – but, hey, it’s a start.  The team says they are “hot Jupiters,” gas giants orbiting very close to their suns.  So how hot is it on these planets?  Hotter than molten lava – or even a New York subway platform in August.

Check out this story and more on what’s going on off the planet on “This Week In Space.”

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