It is the most widely explored exoplanet. In addition, it is confusingly similar to another. NASA’s Kepler space telescope has broken a new record. Astronomers from the British government’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have discovered a new Jupiter-like planet. Located about 17 thousand. It is light years from Earth and is called K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb. It is the farthest planet ever discovered by the Kepler space telescope. The detection distance is double the current record. More interestingly, the new object appears identical to Jupiter, with similar mass and orbits at a similar distance to Jupiter from the Sun. The location of the facility was determined thanks to the analyzes of the data collected. This is an amazing discovery because Kepler used the so-called microgravity technique, which allowed researchers to see planets very far away due to the fact that the objects between the satellite and the planet were a kind of “magnifying glass”. The Kepler space telescope has so far found planets using a different method, called transit. It is based on detecting small dips in the brightness of stars caused by planets located between the satellite and the star. “Kepler was never designed to find planets using a micro-lens, so it’s surprising that it does so in many ways,” said Dr. Eamonn Kerns, principal investigator at STFC. During the entire period of operation of the Kepler space telescope, that is, almost 10 years ago, almost 3,000 people were discovered. Exoplanets and 3,000 other candidates for this title. Details of the study were published in the Journal of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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