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Kepler space telescope aids future missions | English Forward

Kepler’s data provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun. The researchers created a new model which simulates ‘universes’ of stars and planets and then ‘observes’ these simulated universes to determine how many of the planets would have been discovered by Kepler in each `universe. With the knowledge, simulations are made which can determine the number of planets per star and how it relates to planet size and its orbital distance. The researchers have been able to postulate that planets with sizes close to that of the Earth exist in every four stars. The space telescope was able to spot the stars and planets by capturing transit events which occur when the orbit of the planet goes in between the space telescope and the stars.

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