07 January 2012

Exomoons? Kepler‘s On The Hunt

Artist's rendition of the view from a habitable exomoon.

Recently, Jon Voicey posted an article on the feasibility of detecting moons around extrasolar planets. It was determined that exceptionally large moons (roughly Earth mass moons or more), may well be detectable with current technology.
Taking up that challenge, a team of astronomers led by David Kipping from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has announced they will search publicly available Kepler data to determine if the planet-finding mission may have detected such objects.

Read article from Jon Voicey on Universe Today >>>