NASA Audio File

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five New Exoplanets
01.04.10
 
NASA’s Kepler Mission has discovered five new planets beyond our solar system or “exoplanets.” Known as “hot Jupiters” because of their mass and extreme temperatures, these newly discovered exoplanets range in size from Neptune to larger than Jupiter. Estimated temperatures of these planets range from 2,200 to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the temperature of molten lava and much too hot for life.

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TRT: 1:14

Bill Borucki
Kepler Principal Investigator, NASA Ames

CUT 1 (:16) – Borucki: Kepler’s working well… in the first few weeks of data, we’ve already found five planets, and we’re delighted about that. It shows that the instrument’s working well, and it shows that the ground based system that confirms these discoveries, is being very effective also
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CUT 2 (:26) – Borucki: We found five planets. Four of them are Jupiter-like, one of them is Neptune-like. That means, some of these planets are as big or bigger than Jupiter, but they’re also a lot hotter than Jupiter. They’re twenty times hotter than Jupiter. All of these five planets are so hot they glow. They’re hotter than molten lava. So they’re very unusual kinds of planets compared to what we see in our solar system.
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CUT 3 (:32) – Borucki: "What we’re looking forward to in the coming year is the hundred different candidates we have found. Now, we need telescope time to go and observe these, because some of these are going to be false positives. Things that are not planets, but they’re double stars or something like that. So, we expect to see maybe you know a third or a fifth something like that, but we’ll find many more planets, and many of them will be smaller planets. Planets that are Neptunes and smaller. Those are the ones that we’re going to concentrate on. That’s what we’re really excited about.”
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