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Habitable Planets Around White Dwarfs: an Alternate Mission for the Kepler Spacecraft

@article{Kilic2013HabitablePA,
  title={Habitable Planets Around White Dwarfs: an Alternate Mission for the Kepler Spacecraft},
  author={Mukremin Kilic and Eric Agol and Abraham Loeb and Dan Maoz and Jeffrey A. Munn and Alexandros Gianninas and Paul A. Canton and Sara D. Barber},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  year={2013}
}
A large fraction of white dwarfs (WDs) may host planets in their habitable zones. These planets may provide our best chance to detect bio-markers on a transiting exoplanet, thanks to the diminished contrast ratio between the Earth-sized WD and its Earth-sized planets. The JWST is capable of obtaining the first spectroscopic measurements of such planets, yet there are no known planets around WDs. Here we propose to take advantage of the unique capability of the Kepler spacecraft in the 2-Wheels… Expand

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