More Exo-Planet Discoveries Are on the Way

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  1. The Night Funky

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    NASA's newest planet-hunting telescope has already spotted some candidates.
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    I wonder when we'll have the technology to start detecting planets at large distances (several AU) from their star?
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    We already do. It just depends upon the size of the planet and the distance the star is away from the Earth.
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    I was thinking about something smaller than super Earths and at least a few AU from the star. Though I assume that also must factor in the luminosity of the star as well.
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    We've already got the technology. When the James Webb Space Telescope is launched, it'll be able to find analogs of Earth orbiting other stars.