Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wobbly Exoplanet

Hey Space Placers!

The latest exoplanet found by the Kepler spacecraft is a doozy! It is a wild wobbler that gyrates like a child's top. If you lived on it the seasons would be something to behold.

Kepler 413-b is 2,300 light years distant in the Constellation of Cygnus the Swan. It orbits every 66 days a binary system composed of a red dwarf and orange dwarf stars.

The planet's seasons would be erratic and every changing unlike our own planet's orderly procession of four seasons over 1 year.

There are over 1,000 confirmed exoplanets and thousands more candidates awaiting analysis. Each new find has some uniqueness about it and we are finding a veritable planetary zoo out there among the stars. 

My belief is that there are normally planets around each star as a natural byproduct of stellar formation. Not to have planets is the oddity and not the norm. If so, there are hundreds of billions of planets and our discovery of them will continue unabated.

Read More About Kepler-413b.

Sky Guy in VA

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