Kepler Telescope Finds Exoplanet About The Size Of The Moon

The AP http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/20/smallest-planet-yet-found-outside-solar-system/ (2/21, Chang) reports scientists using the Kepler telescope data have discovered a planet about the size of the moon, although the exoplanet, called Kepler-37b, “orbits too close to its sun-like star and is too sizzling to support life.” It was discovered by Thomas Barclay of the Ames Research Center and it “took more than a year and an international team to confirm that it was a bona fide planet.” UC Berkeley’s Geoff Marcy said, “This new discovery raises the specter that the universe is jampacked, like jelly beans in a jar, with planets even smaller than Earth.” Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution for Science, called the discovery a “milestone” towards finding an Earth-like planet.