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  1. #1
    photo gallery Mod. starriderrick's Avatar
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    Oct 2004
    Mountain View, California, United States

    Cool Worlds largest Photometer

    Kepler as it is named. It is a spacecraft with a specialized telescope.

    This is a photo of a litho off my drafting table.
    A Nasa press release. A fascinating project.
    Kepler launches in 2008

    Kepler Mission: A Search for Habitable Planets
    Kepler will stare at one large area of the sky a little larger than an open hand at arm's length in the constellation Cygnus.
    It will stare continuously for 4 years---virtually never blinking---making brightness measurements of 100,000 stars every 30 minutes.

    42 ccd sensors
    Focal plane array;
    >100 sq. deg. FOV
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Worlds largest Photometer-keplar-mission.jpg   Worlds largest Photometer-kepler-mission-info.jpg  

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    Jim B. jbaldocchi's Avatar
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    Jul 2002
    Oakland, CA

    Re: Worlds largest Photometer

    Hi Rick,

    One would think with all the technology available, that one half this size could be produced, but it sure looks cool!

    Jim B.

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    Senior Member Anbesol's Avatar
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    Mar 2006

    Re: Worlds largest Photometer

    wow, cool!!

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