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Kepler Mission Developed by JPL Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The image is a concept piece depicting select Kepler planetary discoveries made to date. Credits: NASA Ames/W. StenzelNASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets — the single largest finding of planets to date.“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015 planet candidate catalog, which identified 4,302 potential planets. For 1,284 of the candidates, the probability of being a planet is greater than 99 percent – the minimum required to earn the status of “planet.” An additional 1,327 candidates are more likely than not to be actual planets, but they do not meet the 99 percent threshold and will require additional study. The remaining 707 are more likely to be some other astrophysical phenomena. This analysis also validated 984 candidates that have previously been verified by other techniques.“Before the Kepler space telescope launched, we did not know whether exoplanets were rare or common in the galaxy. Thanks to Kepler and the research community, we now know there could be more planets than stars,” said Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters. “This knowledge informs the future missions that are needed to take us ever-closer to finding out whether we are alone in the universe.”Kepler captures the discrete signals of distant planets – decreases in brightness that occur when planets pass in front of, or transit, their stars – much like the May 9 Mercury transit of our sun. Since the discovery of the first planets outside our solar system more than two decades ago, researchers have resorted to a laborious, one-by-one process of verifying suspected planets.This latest announcement, however, is based on a statistical analysis method that can be applied to many planet candidates simultaneously. Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University in New Jersey and lead author of the scientific paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, employed a technique to assign each Kepler candidate a planet-hood probability percentage – the first such automated computation on this scale, as previous statistical techniques focused only on sub-groups within the greater list of planet candidates identified by Kepler.“Planet candidates can be thought of like bread crumbs,” said Morton. “If you drop a few large crumbs on the floor, you can pick them up one by one. But, if you spill a whole bag of tiny crumbs, you’re going to need a broom. This statistical analysis is our broom.”In the newly validated batch of planets, nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth based on size. Nine of these orbit in their sun’s habitable zone, which is the distance from a star where orbiting planets can have surface temperatures that allow liquid water to pool. With the addition of these nine, 21 exoplanets are now known to be members of this exclusive group.“They say not to count our chickens before they’re hatched, but that’s exactly what these results allow us to do based on probabilities that each egg (candidate) will hatch into a chick (bona fide planet),” said Natalie Batalha, co-author of the paper and the Kepler mission scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “This work will help Kepler reach its full potential by yielding a deeper understanding of the number of stars that harbor potentially habitable, Earth-size planets — a number that’s needed to design future missions to search for habitable environments and living worlds.”Of the nearly 5,000 total planet candidates found to date, more than 3,200 now have been verified, and 2,325 of these were discovered by Kepler.Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission to find potentially habitable Earth-size planets. For four years, Kepler monitored 150,000 stars in a single patch of sky, measuring the tiny, telltale dip in the brightness of a star that can be produced by a transiting planet. In 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will use the same method to monitor 200,000 bright nearby stars and search for planets, focusing on Earth and Super-Earth-sized.Ames manages the Kepler missions for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation operates the flight system, with support from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.For more information about the Kepler mission, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/keplerFor briefing materials from Tuesday’s media teleconference where the new group of planets was announced, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/kepler/briefingmaterials160510 faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. 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Lady Badgers Hang Tough Against SLCC

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Sydney Pilling led the Lady Badgers with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field but it wasn’t enough as Salt Lake CC downed the Badgers 68-61 Saturday. Shawnee Simpson was credited with 13 points, and Rachel Roberts chipped in 11 points for the Lady Badgers. Simpson was also credited with a team-best six rebounds.Snow College will now take to the road for three straight Scenic West Conference road games, beginning on Thursday, January 17 at Colorado Northwestern. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. in Rangely, Colo. Tags: SLCC Women’s Basketball/Snow Badgers Brad James Written by January 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Lady Badgers Hang Tough Against SLCClast_img

Super Bowl 53: Americans will bet an estimated $6B on Patriots-Rams matchup, survey shows

first_img Tom Brady says there is a ‘zero’ percent chance he retires after Super Bowl 53 Americans are putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to the Super Bowl.An estimated $6 billion will be wagered on Super Bowl 53 — both legally and illegally — according to a survey by the American Gaming Association. The survey shows that about 10 percent of Americans will bet in one way or another on the game, with 22.7 million American adults planning to bet.Even though eight states have legalized sports betting now, an estimated 1.8 million Americans plan to bet illegally through a bookie, with millions more likely to bet illegally online. Related News “These results, however, also point to the continued viability of the dangerous, illegal sports betting market in America. It is more important than ever for jurisdictions to enact sound policies that provide a safe, legal alternative with protections for the nearly 23 million Americans who will place a bet on the big game.”Per the survey, 52 percent of those betting will put money on the Rams, while the other 48 percent will gamble on the Patriots. As of Monday, the consensus among Las Vegas sportsbooks had the Patriots favored by 2.5 points and the over/under at 56.5 (per OddsShark.com).Super Bowl 53 is Sunday in Atlanta with the game set to start at 6:30 p.m. ET. “The interest in legal, regulated sports betting in the United States has never been higher,” AGA president and CEO Bill Miller said. “More Americans than ever before will be able to place their bets with legal sportsbooks now operating in eight states, generating valuable revenue for state, local and tribal governments and increasing fan engagement with the game.last_img read more