about Kepler space telescopeA major component of your poster project is to discuss three discoveries made by your telescope/observatory.These do not have to be huge discoveries that changed the course of science. It can be something observed by astronomers using your telescope/observatory that you simply find interesting.Do some research and pick out a discovery made by your telescope/observatory. In a separate document (saved as a pdf or a word document) summarize this discovery in your own words. You can write this as a short paragraph/bulleted list. Include the source(s) where you find the information.
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Project Introduction Questionnaire
Instructions: Fill out the questionnaire, save your work, and resubmit on the blackboard for an HW grade.
1. Name of telescope/observatory: Kepler space telescope
2. Observing wavelength: 430–890 nm
3. How long has your telescope/observatory been in operation? The space telescope was launched
on 7th March 2009 and ended its operation on 30th October 2018 after the depletion of its fuel. The
telescope was abandoned after nine years of its operations.
4. What instruments does your telescope/observatory have as part of it? There are numerous parts
of the Kepler telescope. The parts include Primary mirror, camera, focal plane array, Schmidt
corrector and photometer. The primary mirror works as an image receiver while thereby having the
ability to detect as small planets. The photometer, focal plane array, and the camera are the most
significant parts of the telescope as they are primarily built to take photos.
5. What are the primary instruments used for observing (note: most telescopes/observatory have
many different instruments; however only 1-‐3 instruments are used for making observations and
the others are used for navigation/aiming/etc.)? Focal plane array, photometer, and camera. The
focal plane array comprises of 4 fine Guidance Sensor CCD modules and 21 science. The lenses on
the module define the wavelength of the telescope. Photometer enables the creation of precision
when capturing the images in the galaxy. The photometer calculates the interferences of the sun
and works to maintain the focus of the camera to the needed target. The camera is the instrument
that takes the picture and records the images taken for transmission to the mission control area at
NASA headquarters. The three parts can function on their own to take and record images.
6. Sources used for this questionnaire (feel free to list more than one source): Mission overview.
(2019). Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/overview/index.html
Barentsen, G. (2019). Characteristics of the Kepler space telescope. Retrieved from
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