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Kepler-10b exoplanet, artwork Featured Print

Kepler-10b exoplanet, artwork

January 10, 2011
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its
first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of
Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar
The discovery of this so-called exoplanet is based on more than eight
months of data collected by the spacecraft from May 2009 to early
January 2010.
"All of Kepler's best capabilities have converged to yield the first
solid evidence of a rocky planet orbiting a star other than our sun,"
said Natalie Batalha, Kepler's deputy science team lead at NASA's
Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and primary author of
a paper on the discovery accepted by the Astrophysical Journal. "The
Kepler team made a commitment in 2010 about finding the telltale
signatures of small planets in the data, and it's beginning to pay
Kepler's ultra-precise photometer measures the tiny decrease in a
star's brightness that occurs when a planet crosses in front of it.
The size of the planet can be derived from these periodic dips in
brightness. The distance between the planet and the star is
calculated by measuring the time between successive dips as the
planet orbits the star.
Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets
in or near the habitable zone, the region in a planetary system where
liquid water can exist on the planet's surface. However, since it
orbits once every 0.84 days, Kepler-10b is more than 20 times closer
to its star than Mercury is to our sun and not in the habitable zone.
Kepler-10 was the first star identified that could potentially harbor
a small transiting planet, placing it at the top of the list for
ground-based observations with the W.M. Keck Observatory 10-meter
telescope in Hawaii.
Scientists waiting for a signal to confirm Kepler-10b as a planet were
not disappointed. Keck was able to measure tiny changes in the star's
spectrum, called Doppler shifts, caused by the telltale tug exerted
by the orbiting planet on the star.
"The discovery of Kepler 10-b is a significant milestone in the search
for planets similar to our own," said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program
scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Although this planet
is not in the habitable zone, the exciting find showcases the kinds
of discoveries made possible by the mission and the promise of many
more to come," he said.
Knowledge of the planet is only as good as the knowledge of the star
it orbits. Because Kepler-10 is one of the brighter stars being
targeted by Kepler, scientists were able to detect high frequency
variations in the star's brightness generated by stellar
oscillations, or starquakes. This analysis allowed scientists to pin
down Kepler-10b's properties.
There is a clear signal in the data arising from light waves that
travel within the interior of the star. Kepler Asteroseismic Science
Consortium scientists use the information to better understand the
star, just as earthquakes are used to learn about Earth's interior
structure. As a result of this analysis, Kepler-10 is one of the most
well characterized planet-hosting stars in the universe.
That's good news for the team studying Kepler-10b. Accurate stellar
properties yield accurate planet properties. In the case of
Kepler-10b, the picture that emerges is of a rocky planet with a mass
4.6 times that of Earth and with an average density of 8.8 grams per
cubic centimeter -- similar to that of an iron dumbbell

© Detlev van Ravenswaay

Harold Pyott - Tiny Tim the English Midget Featured Print

Harold Pyott - Tiny Tim the English Midget

Harold Pyott (1887-1937) - Tiny Tim the English Midget The Living Doll - aged 43 years old, height 23", weight 24lbs. Twelve inches smaller than the renowned Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) of P. T. Barnum fame. Britain's smallest ever man. Legend has it that during World War 1 he was called up to the army three times because of his age, but as desperate as they were for new soldiers, the shocked recruiters turned Harold away each time. Pictured alongside his Manager, Clarence (no known surname). Date: 1930

© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

A man holds a tiny crab, which he had dug out of the mud, in San Lorenzo Featured Print

A man holds a tiny crab, which he had dug out of the mud, in San Lorenzo

A man holds a tiny crab, which he had dug out of the mud, in San Lorenzo, 110 km (68 miles) southwest of Tegucigalpa June 24, 2012. These crabs, also known as "canechos" by locals, leave their hiding places in the soft mud on the shore line between June 19 and 24 every year to search for a partner in a mating ritual that locals call "El baile de los Canechos" (the Canecho dance). Picture taken June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)