NASA Discovers Two New Planets In Milky Way

August 27th, 2010 - 7:32 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
nasaAug 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In what is being considered as one of the most amazing scientific discoveries, the NASA officials have announced that NASA’a Kepler telescope, launched from Cape Canaveral in March 2009 has discovered two giant sized planets orbiting another star. The space agency officials announced the news yesterday. William Borucki, the science principal investigator for the Kepler Mission said that this is the first discovery of multiple planets orbiting the same star.

The NASA official announced the news on a teleconference from NASA Ames Research Center in California. The main function of Kepler telescope is to look for the signs of planets passing in front of the stars, the agency says. William Borucki in his statement said that the two planets slightly smaller than Saturn is about 2,000 light years away in the constellation Lyra. NASA says that the two planets named Kepler 9b and 9c, show a clear gravitational interaction and they are very close to the star they are orbiting. William Borucki added that the habitat zone of the planets is actually quite “far out” from these stars and hence the planets are very hot.

On the other hand, the scientists have also discovered a smaller celestial body orbiting the star and it is about 1.5 times the size of the earth. However the NASA scientists have not yet confirmed it as a planet though it is close to the star. William Borucki also said that the Kepler telescope’s observation will provide the scientists new information about a system of orbiting planets which is different from the solar system. It garners clues about the composition of these planets and actually helps to search for other planets in the planetary system even though the planets do not transit. NASA said that Kepler will continue its mission for another three and a half years.

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