Five exoplanets discovered by Kepler – a discussion and a movie

I mentioned on this blog on several occasions (see “the first light“) the Kepler mission which aims at detecting exoplanets through the transit method (a.k.a the small attenuation of light due to the passage of the exoplanet between us and the host star). Last week, during the AAS ¬†(say “double ‘A’ ‘S'”) conference, the Kepler team announced the discovery of the first 5 exoplanets.

The road to scientific advance

While reading Rare Earths by Peter Ward, I found the following quotation: “Much of the work we do as scientists involves filling in the details about matters that are basically understood already, applying standard techniques to new specific cases. But occasionally there is a question that offers an opportunity for a really major discovery.” W.