Astounding New Planet Discovery: Kepler Telescope Reveals Seven Exoplanets in Kepler-385 System
Kepler-385: A New Planetary System Unveiled
According to source, Before it’s retirement in 2018, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope conducted a new planet discovery, revealing a remarkable system of seven exoplanets orbiting the same star, Kepler-385, with each new planet discovery being bombarded by intense radiation from their sun-like parent star. Situated 4,672 light years away from Earth, these exoplanets part of a new planet discovery, all surpass Earth in size but are smaller than Neptune. This new planet discovery is part of a catalog containing around 4,400 exoplanet candidates and 700 multi-planet systems, providing astronomers with valuable insights into exoplanetary characteristics.
Within the Kepler-385 system, a star slightly larger and hotter than our sun, around 1.1 times the size and 5% hotter, is accompanied by an innermost new planet discovery, Kepler-385 b, significantly larger and more massive than Earth.
Kepler-385 b orbits close to its host star, completing an orbit in approximately 10 Earth days. Following Kepler-385 b, another new planet discovery, Kepler-385 c, is also sizable and follows a nearly circular orbit at a slightly greater distance from the star, with an orbit taking just over 15 Earth days.
Kepler-385 System: Exploring Exoplanet Diversity and Catalog Advancements
Both new planet discoveries Kepler-385 b and c, are believed to be rocky planets with thin atmospheres while the remaining five planets part of the new planet discovery, are further out and possess thicker atmospheres. Despite its retirement, the Kepler Space Telescope continues to contribute valuable data for astronomers, furthering our understanding of exoplanets and their host stars.
This new planet discovery highlights the potential of the latest Kepler exoplanet catalog update in determining the characteristics of distant worlds beyond our solar system offering insights into their orbits and configurations. The research findings on the Kepler-385 system and the new planet discovery will be published in The Journal of Planetary Science with a preprint version available on arXiv.