New planets discovered

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From the Europlanet Media Centre:

Kepler spacecraft discovers new multi-planet solar system

04 October 2011

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They will announce the find today in Nantes, France at a joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Conference and the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science. The research will be published in a special Kepler issue of The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series in November.

Cochran’s team is announcing three planets orbiting Kepler-18, a star similar to the Sun. Kepler 18 is just 10 percent larger than the Sun and contains 97 percent of the Sun’s mass. It may host more planets than the three announced today.

The planets are designated b, c, and d. All three planets orbit much closer to Kepler-18 than Mercury does to the Sun.

Free app to learn about the planets discovered by the Kepler spacecraft: here.

Prized exoplanet hunting Kepler probe develops glitch that may lower odds of finding Earth’s twin: here.

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2012) — Two newly submitted studies verify 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. These results may increase the number of Kepler’s confirmed planets by more than 50 percent: to 116 planets hosted in 67 systems, over half of which contain more than one planet: here.

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