This is pretty cool: Scientists launch ‘planet hunter’
Ironically it launched from Kazakstan. I find that funny given all the Borat noise. LOL. Anyway the satellite is called COROT and it’s from a French-led consortium. (I’m biting my tongue on French jokes.)
Anyway, this is a area that I find very interesting. The discovery of other planets, especially those that might exist in a Habitable Zone or, more importantly, an Animal Habitable Zone, is near and dear to my heart. In 2008 NASA plans to launch a satellite telescope that can detect Earth-sized planets.
It will measure the light emitted by a star and detect the drop in brightness caused when a planet passes in front of it.
Like the larger planets found so far, however, these new ones will have to be orbiting close to their star.
“Such planets would represent a new, as yet undiscovered, class of world that astronomers believe exists. With COROT, astronomers expect to find between 10-40 of them, together with tens of new gas giants,” ESA said.
ESA is the European Space Agency.
If anyone knows what COROT stands for, please let me know.