Big Picture Science – Seth’s Wine Cellar: Jonathan Fortney
by Gary Niederhoff on April 8, 2013
Part 5 of Seth’s Wine Cellar, featuring Jonathan Fortney, astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, explaining how our solar system may not be the most common model of those which harbor life.
The latest planets turned up by NASA's Kepler telescope are -- like the kids in Lake Wobegon -- gratifyingly above average. These new worlds offer both promise and insights, because they've got traits that are both appealing and mildly disconcerting.... (read more)