Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 19, 2016

NASA’S KEPLER HAS DISCOVERED OVER 1,000 NEW PLANETS IN OUR GALAXY – Cloze test

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use.
NASA’S KEPLER HAS DISCOVERED OVER 1,000 NEW PLANETS IN OUR GALAXY
The mega telescope’s 1) __________ breakthrough is its biggest yet.
Since 2009, the Kepler telescope has been staring deeply into our galaxy for new, potentially habitable planets. And today, NASA has announced that an impressive 1,284 exoplanets (planets orbiting a star 2) __________ than our own sun) have been discovered, bringing the total number of confirmed planets to over 2,000. During NASA’s briefing on Kepler’s mission to uncover other Earth-3) __________ planets, a 4) __________ of experts who research the data extracted from the telescope shared their findings. Paul Hertz, the Astrophysics Division director at NASA, addressed the “are we alone?” elephant in the room [1]by stating 5) __________ confidently that “we live in a time when humanity can answer this question scientifically”. And with Kepler’s help, we are slowly, but surely covering a large piece of ground –er, space. Should you need a refresher, Kepler is the first telescope capable of detecting rocky planets in the habitable zones of their respected stars. In other words, Kepler is incredibly 6) __________ and capable of finding a needle in a haystack, so to speak. Hertz continued with 7) __________ overwhelming observation, saying that “thanks to Kepler, we now know that exoplanets are common. That most stars in our galaxy have planetary systems. And most of those have habitable zones.” Apart from the sheer amount of newly confirmed planets in today’s briefing, the other big announcement came from Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University. 8) __________discovery has never been a challenge for Kepler, validating the possible planets it finds can take a ton of work. He and the team at NASA have developed a new statistical analysis method that reduces the overhead of follow-up research required to confirm 9) __________ these detected masses are actually rocky planets and not a false-positive. To simplify a complicated process, not only does the Kepler research team now study the shapes of the signals transmitted by Kepler, they can also find out how likely there are to be other planets that have just the right temperature, chemical makeup and atmospheric characteristics to support life similar 10) __________ what is found on Earth.
Adapted from: http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/nasa-s-kepler-has-discovered-over-1000-new-planets-in-our-galaxy-1321058

 

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[1]Elephant in the room ⇒ an obvious truth deliberately ignored by all parties in a situation.

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