Kepler Telescope Has Already Found Candidate Planets Under K2 Campaign

Discovery News (6/5, Klotz, 252K) reports that Thomas Barclay of the Ames Research Center said that in just the first nine days of the Kepler telescopes new observational campaign, K2, which has restored the telescope’s observational capabilities after losing two reaction wheels, “three more candidate planets, all around the size of Jupiter, circling relatively bright stars,” have been discovered. The article notes that while the telescope cannot find any Earth-sized planets under the new plan, it can potentially discover other planets around “different kinds of stars.” Barclay said, “K2 can do some really high impact research … stuff Kepler couldn’t.”