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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars Segment, Wednesday, 1-18-12 January 19, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-18-12

Kepler Space Telescoe and Exomoons


Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Kipping Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Kepler Space Telescope and the search for Exomoons.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for Exomoons.  Our guest was Dr. David Kipping, an astronomer based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).  Dr. Kipping has written extensively on the subject of exomoons and you can read one of his articles at www.time.com/printout/0,8816,2104376,00.html.  During our segment, Dr. Kipping talked about transits, the role of exomoons in computer the mass of a planet and its makeup, size, speed, and more.  We talked about how far out the KST can see and what it might take to discover Earth size moons.  Toward the end of the segment, Mr. Batchelor brought up the role of red dwarfs in this discussion.  If you have comments or questions, please post them on the blog URL above.  Dr. Kipping has been invited to be a regular guest on an upcoming Space Show program.