Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

  • Kepler 22b: Super-Earth, Super-Venus, Warm Neptune, or Maybe Something Unimaginable

    In the middle of a crazy week at AGU, I finally had a “free” hour with which to watch the Kepler press conference on Kepler 22b. I have to say, the they really did an *outstanding* job. This goes both for the science contained in the announcement, and the announcement itself. The one wish I have is that they’d stop using equilibrium temperature as the metric they use to bound the habitable zone, but I totally understand why they’re doing this. Equilibrium temperature is something they know how to calculate, and that is related to the habitable zone. The issue