Kepler data still yielding surprises years after primary mission ends
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22-03-2016, 08:40 AM
Kepler data still yielding surprises years after primary mission ends
Analysis of previously collected data from the Kepler primary mission yields the first visible light images of supernova shockwave event.

Quote:For the first time, a supernova shockwave has been observed in the optical wavelength or visible light as it reaches the surface of the star. This early flash of light is called a shock breakout. The explosive death of this star, called KSN 2011d, as it reaches its maximum brightness takes 14 days. The shock breakout itself lasts only about 20 minutes, so catching the flash of energy is an investigative milestone for astronomers. The unceasing gaze of NASA's Kepler space telescope allowed astronomers to see, at last, this early moment as the star blows itself to bits. Supernovae like these — known as Type II — begin when the internal furnace of a star runs out of nuclear fuel causing its core to collapse as gravity takes over. This type of star is called a red supergiant star and it is 20,000 times brighter than our sun. As the supergiant star goes supernova, the energy traveling from the core reaches the surfaces with a burst of light that is 130,000,000 times brighter than the sun. The star continues to explode and grow reaching maximum brightness that is about 1,000,000,000 times brighter than the sun.
Credits: NASA Ames/W. Stenzel

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/Kepler/...oding-star

Bastards couldn’t be bothered to post an image though. Just an animation and a graph of the data.

[Image: breakout_sim-ws_v6.png?itok=osSU3fJY]

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22-03-2016, 08:43 AM
RE: Kepler data still yielding surprises years after primary mission ends
Wow
This comes 5 years after it was discovered?
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22-03-2016, 08:46 AM
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(22-03-2016 08:43 AM)Kyx Wrote:  Wow
This comes 5 years after it was discovered?

Years after the data was first collected. It wasn't analysed until recently. It will be a while yet before all the data Kepler collect is looked at.

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22-03-2016, 09:10 AM
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(22-03-2016 08:46 AM)Popeyes Pappy Wrote:  
(22-03-2016 08:43 AM)Kyx Wrote:  Wow
This comes 5 years after it was discovered?

Years after the data was first collected. It wasn't analysed until recently. It will be a while yet before all the data Kepler collect is looked at.

Lots of experiments like this produce a huge front-heavy load of data which then admits of further analysis for years to come.

We can still find new things in old Voyager data, let alone something much more recent that produced much more information...

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22-03-2016, 10:27 AM
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(22-03-2016 09:10 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(22-03-2016 08:46 AM)Popeyes Pappy Wrote:  Years after the data was first collected. It wasn't analysed until recently. It will be a while yet before all the data Kepler collect is looked at.

Lots of experiments like this produce a huge front-heavy load of data which then admits of further analysis for years to come.

We can still find new things in old Voyager data, let alone something much more recent that produced much more information...

maybe another 10 gazillion exoplanets?
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22-03-2016, 10:46 AM
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(22-03-2016 10:27 AM)Kyx Wrote:  
(22-03-2016 09:10 AM)cjlr Wrote:  Lots of experiments like this produce a huge front-heavy load of data which then admits of further analysis for years to come.

We can still find new things in old Voyager data, let alone something much more recent that produced much more information...

maybe another 10 gazillion exoplanets?

More, certainly.

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24-03-2016, 03:13 AM
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(22-03-2016 10:46 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(22-03-2016 10:27 AM)Kyx Wrote:  maybe another 10 gazillion exoplanets?

More, certainly.

My favourite so far is kepler 64b
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