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Kepler Planets Animated

Kepler Planets Animated

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, December 31, 2015/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, adventure

                                  Kepler Planetary Systems Transiting Their Stars (credit: NASA)

The Kepler space telescope had discovered over 1000 alien planets before its vision blurred when two of its positioning stabliizers failed. Vision was restored by clever engineering that used energy from the sun to restore its balance. After the refocusing, an additional 100 Kepler planets were discovered and just announced.

A trippy animation shows the first Kepler planets orbiting their host stars.

 

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