Broadcast 2408 (Special Edition)

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. William Borucki, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: We ddiscussed the Kepler Space Telescope & the finding of Kepler-444. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. 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, Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( For those of you listening to archives on & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they stem from the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. William (Bill) Borucki back to the show to discuss the recently announced discovery of the small five planet system 11.2 billion years old, Kepler-444. This is approximately 2.5 times older than the Earth. We discussed the exoplanet search, rocky planets and their early formation, the surprises contained within the discovery of Kepler-444, and life detection in the habitable zone. As it turns out, the five small planets orbit their sun in 10 days so they are far too hot for life. However, Dr. Borucki did at one point during our discussion estimate the number of planetary candidates that were possible in the habitable zone. One can see Kepler-444 with binoculars so I asked our guest where to look to find it. He also said it was a triple star system! Among the surprises included the discover of dust and metal that early and the discovery that stars formed so very early at all. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Borucki through me at



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04 Feb 2015 John Batchelor, William Borucki, Dr. David Livingston
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