Astronomers expect significant discoveries to emerge from the deluge of data coming from NASA’s Kepler planet-finder, now that researchers have had time to verify some of the first findings from the orbiting space telescope with optics on the ground. In its first observations, the spacecraft demonstrated that it will be able to find any Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in its field of view. In their first public release of Kepler results on Jan. 4, astronomers reported the discovery ...

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