On 14th Aug 2019, a new paper was published in The Astronomical Journal that addresses the question of the quantity of earth like planets. Titled “Occurrence Rates of Planets Orbiting FGK Stars: Combining Kepler DR25, Gaia DR2, and Bayesian Inference” it attempts to answer the question. The abstract explains it as follows: We characterize the occurrence rate of planets, … Read moreHow many Earth Like planets are there?
OK, let’s start with a quick reality check … many of the currently circulating press stories contain some Grade1 gold plated BS. Now, let’s look into why that is the case. The UKs Independent, along with many other sources, are running a story about the supposed discovery, the title of their article reads “Astronomers may have found giant … Read moreClaim: Alien ‘megastructures’ orbiting star have been discovered
Hey now this is cool, the discovery of eight very earth-like planets has been announced So what are the details? Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the “Goldilocks” zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface. This doubles the number of … Read moreAnnouncement of 8 Earth-like planets – 2 are very earth like
OK, to follow up from my previous post, in the excitement I got the numbers wrong, so here are the real numbers … First the facts … Kepler has been staring at one part of the sky, continuously looking at 156,000 stars, we have 100-400 Billion in our galaxy, its a truly tiny sample. Keplar … Read moreOver 1,000,000 Earth like planets in our Galaxy … wow
The news is all over the place, so I’d be surprised if you don’t know, But Kepler, NASA’s planet hunting satellite, has a vast river of new information flowing from it … as reported in the New York Times science section … In a long-awaited announcement, scientists operating NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting satellite reported Wednesday that … Read moreKepler Planet Hunter delivers the goods … its amazing.