S3 Ep18: The Future of Space Telescopes

PBS_SpaceTimePublished: April 13, 201837 views
Published: April 13, 2018

The Kepler mission has determined that terrestrial planets are extremely common, and may orbit most stars in the Milky Way. But these planets are difficult to directly image because they’re dense and small. Our Sun is about ten billion times brighter than Earth. Train a distant telescope on us, and it will be overwhelmed by the Sun’s rays. So how can we find terrestrial planets around stars light

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