I’ve been rather distracted by various things so I haven’t had a lot of time to work on this site. Still, it is worth pointing out a fairly noteworthy find from Kepler, namely the discovery of a transiting ice giant planet with a 700-day period at Kepler-421. This planet is beyond the snowline in its system (the distance from a star where water can condense into icy planetesimals and contribute to the planet formation process) and could even have formed where we see it today. Rings and perhaps moons are a distinct possibility. With migration-dominated planetary systems being the easiest to detect, it is quite fortunate and reassuring to find a fairly “normal” planet.
Monthly Archives: July 2014