The low density of some exoplanets is confirmed

An artist's depiction of the stellar system Kepler-9 and two of its planets. Astronomers have confirmed the very low densities of two of Kepler-9's planets using both transit-timing and radial velocity methods. Credit: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Ames Research Center

The Kepler mission and its extension, called K2, discovered thousands of exoplanets. It detected them using the transit technique, measuring the dip in light intensity whenever an orbiting planet moved across the face of its host star as viewed from Earth.Transits can not only measure the orbital period, they often

NASA to Make Announcement About Kepler Telescope

An illustration of the Kepler space telescope.

NASA is about to make an announcement about the Kepler, potentially to say the planet-hunting telescope has finally run out of fuel almost a decade after being launched into space.A tweet from the agency that in the teleconference, it will “provide an update on the status” of the telescope, and

Last gasp? NASA fires up fading Kepler telescope for Campaign 19

Kepler's fuel stocks are dwindling, but there may be life left in it yet

Although the science mission of its successor, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is now underway, NASA isn't done with the Kepler Space Telescope just yet. Its scientists have awoken the deep space probe to gather scientific data yet again, though with an unknown amount of fuel and a compromised