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11/23/2012 – Emphemeris – Think Tatooine is special? How about a planet in a 4 star system.

November 23, 2012

Ephemeris for Friday, November 23rd.  The sun will rise at 7:50.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 5:07.   The moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 3:59 tomorrow morning.

The satellite named Kepler, which is attempting to detect planets around other stars has been up there for over 3 years and has received a mission extension.  It is looking at a single patch of the sky in the constellation Cygnus.  The count of confirmed and unconfirmed planets has risen to 23 hundred.  Confirmations have to be done by ground based telescopes, so it will take a while to investigate all the finds for planets.  The public can help sift through the Kepler data at www.planethunters.org.  In fact the first planet hunters discovery was announced last month:  A planet orbiting a pair of stars in the 4 star system.  That’s a real feat considering they all look like a single point of light to Kepler.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Kepler field of view. Credit C. Roberts, NASA.

Kepler field of view. Credit C. Roberts, NASA.

 

PH1 (Planet Hunters 1) a planet in a 4 star system.  Image credit: Haven Giguere/Yale

Artist’s rendition of PH1 (Planet Hunters 1) a planet in a 4 star system. Image credit: Haven Giguere/Yale.

Here’s the post from the Planet Hunters blog.

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