Kepler 37 System

Thomas Barclay, an astrophysicist on the Kepler space telescope team, said the discovery was “really good news” in the search for hospitable planets, a prime objective of the project, because it demonstrated the telescope was capable of detecting Earth-sized planets. However, he does not anticipate finding many planets as small as Kepler-37b due to the very small amount of light such planets obscure. According to NASA scientist Jack Lissauer, the discovery of Kepler-37b “suggests such little planets are common, and more planetary wonders await as we continue to gather and analyze additional data. ” Astronomer John Johnson of Caltech university said the discovery would have been “unimaginable” a few years ago and that the telescope had revolutionized astronomers’ picture of the universe.