Kepler Mission – Exoplanets – what’s all the fuss about? – By Stuart Atkinson
Hmmm. It’s a good question actually. Why DOES it matter that we now know some of those twinkling points of light in the night sky are circled by strange, exotic worlds? Why are astronomers spending hours and hours gazing at these distant suns, hoping to glimpse signs of planets spinning around them? And with countless problems to solve down here on Earth, why should money be spent on scanning the heavens for far-flung alien solar systems with multi-million $ telescopes, satellites and computers?
Simple. Because we have to leave Earth and find another home.
Read the full article by Stuart Atkinson, BtC collaborator, at Cumbrian Sky.