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Fraser
2011-Mar-29, 02:50 PM
Wow. This remarkable visualization shows every Kepler planetary candidate host star with its transiting companion in silhouette. Jason Rowe from the Kepler science team created the image, and the sizes of the stars and transiting companions are properly scaled. For reference, Rowe has included the Sun with a transiting Earth and Jupiter (below the top [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/84470/amazing-image-keplers-transiting-exoplanets/)

George
2011-Mar-29, 03:05 PM
Wow. This remarkable visualization shows every Kepler planetary candidate host star with its transiting companion in silhouette. Jason Rowe from the Kepler science team created the image, and the sizes of the stars and transiting companions are properly scaled. For reference, Rowe has included the Sun with a transiting Earth and Jupiter (below the top [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/84470/amazing-image-keplers-transiting-exoplanets/)
Truly wonderful! It's amazing what they are finding, and the future is yet to come. *wink* ["Spot on" is the only pun I can think of at the moment.]

Nit: Only a few of those stars will likely have the color depicted. Most stars, like the Sun, are very white, even at the limb. Newton, after recombining light through his second prism, called sunlight "perfectly white", and he was right.

George - your friendly neighborhood heliochromologist.