- In 2006, France was the first to search the skies for another Earth-like planet with a mission called “CoRot.”
- Rockets have flown from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for over fifty years.
- The rocket releases CoRot over 500 miles above the Earth.
- CoRot combines 4 CCD detectors with an eleven-inch aperture. Two of the four are dedicated to finding planets by observing transits.
- A transit occurs when an object passes in front of one of the many stars being observed, thus dimming the light from the star.
- CoRot’s orbital speed is almost seventeen thousand miles per hour.
- About 500 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros, the CoRot Space Telescope discovers a rocky planet called “CoRot 7b”.
- Corot 7b is the first rocky planet ever discovered around another star.
- A year on CoRot7b lasts only 20 hours.
- Surface temperatures on CoRot 7b average 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit.
- About 20 light-years away in the constellation of Libra, Dr. Steve Vogt discovers a planet around Gliese 581, which will be called “Gliese 581g”.
- “Gliese 581g” is considered a Super Earth.
- Kepler’s array of 42 CCDs is aimed unceasingly at a single patch of sky containing 4 million stars and it has only one purpose, finding the next Earth.
- Temperatures in space can reach a lethal 460 degrees below zero.
- Kepler 10b is tidally locked to its sun. One side trapped in everlasting day, the other side in eternal night.
- The hottest temperatures ever in North America were recorded in Death Valley at 134 Fahrenheit.
March 25, 2013
Finding the Next Earth Facts