Revived Kepler mission bags three planet candidates

By Science News Staff, 16:39 PM June 4, 2014

Guest post by Christopher Crockett

BOSTON — The revived Kepler mission, called K2, is wasting no time. During a nine-day engineering test, the not-quite-dead planet-hunting telescope turned up three potential Jupiter-sized planets orbiting other stars. Tom Barclay, a Kepler scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, presented the preliminary results June 3 at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston

These planets orbit bright stars, which means astronomers can easily check the detecti...

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