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April 10, 2011

NASA's Kepler Helps Astronomers Update Census of Sun-Like Stars

NASA's Kepler Mission has saw changes in the brightness of about 500 stars that are similar to the Sun! This observation is allowing scientists to learn more about how stars evolve and the "nature" of them. This could help us learn more about our star the Sun, which could be interesting and useful. Scientists want to learn more about the composition of stars and about the detailed properties such as mass and age. They are in hopes to find more earth-like planets around these Sun-like stars and learn more about the correlation.

The more we can make correlations with similar objects like stars and planets the closer we will be to discovering life in another solar system, or planet. Each time astronomers make new observations and discoveries like this discovery by Kepler Mission I think the closer we are to finding life elsewhere which is awesome! The better our technology gets the better of a chance we will find life! Astronomy has come such a long way and it is only making more moves each day to new amazing discoveries.

For whole article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407141330.htm

Posted by melmccor at April 10, 2011 12:53 PM


When it says changes in brightness, does that mean that the stars are getting brighter just as we believe that they do over time? It's interesting to think about what we'll find further into the future when we have the technology to know more about Earth-like extra-solar planets; for now we may just be able to assume that they have undergone similar circumstances, but who knows how much we can truly know about these planets. I've also wondered what elements could be found in suns that are of later generations. Over billions of years to come, perhaps new elements will form that will contribute to new life forms!

Posted by: brdoss at April 10, 2011 01:37 PM

I think that it is very important to understand how other stars that are like our Sun are changing in order to better understand the changes of our own Sun. We need to understand how our Sun is functioning and changing over time so that we can better understand where the habitable zones may be in our universe as well as how they might be changing as the Sun changes. Ultimately, by having a better understanding of where the habitable zones might be, we may take one step closer to finding life outside of Earth.

Posted by: rmousigi at April 11, 2011 07:59 PM

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