Friday, June 29, 2012

Planet being disintegrated by the heat of its star

(NCYT) While all this evidence seems strong, additional observations are required to confirm adequately the existence of this planet and its peculiar situation. It all started when the team of Saul Rappaport, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, Boston, Massachusetts , and Jon Jenkins, a researcher attached to the Kepler Space Telescope SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, identified an unusual pattern of light from a star called KIC 12557548 in the Kepler field of view.

The Kepler space telescope, the NASA detects planets and planet candidates using the technique of measuring the brightness decreases over 150,000 stars. These decreases can reveal subtle shine the existence of planets in their orbits intersect at some point in front of its star (as seen from the visual perspective of Kepler).

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