SCIENCE POINT

Recasting knowlege of exoplanet exploration: The Kepler Space Telescope!

March 6, 2009 Kepler was launched to look for Earth type exoplanets outside our own solar system. In January 2011, scientists announced results from the first four months of their research and shocked the world with the news of 1,235 observed exoplanet candidates.

December 7, 2011, NASA announced that they had found a planet which has liquid water; Kepler 22b. As of 2012, Kepler has found 2,321 exoplanet candidates and the number will surely increase and eventually will find a second-Earth planet.

In the show, you will see Kepler's voyage into space and the search field of its eye upon the starry sky. We study the ongoing Kepler mission to recast our knowlege of exoplanets.

>>Jump to NASA's Kepler mission website

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Future of the exoplanet exploration. TMT project.

The Thirty Meter Telescope, TMT, is a next-generation super-large telescope which will have the primary mirror, 30 meters in diameter and is scheduled to begin observing at Mauna Kea in Hawaii in 2021.

With its high resolution and high sensitivity which is much higher than Subaru Telescope with 8.2 meters mirror, it is expected to come close to discover the dark matter enegy or the galaxies which is formed early stage of the universe.

Also it will play a rule for exoplanets exploration and directly observe planets and surch its surface or composition of the atmosphere anf surch for the exsistance of extra-terrestrial life.

In the show, we simulated the figure of TMT on top of Mauna Kea accurately and camera goes inside, and you will see its precise structure.

>>Jump to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, TMT Project Office

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