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the asinine cretin

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  1. I don't know that much about it, but I was just imaging what might happen if Kepler were many light years away with Sol in its field of view. I imagine:

     

    1. A very small probability that Venus and/or Earth could be detected via transit (considering their diameters and orbits and the chances of favorable orientation with far away Kepler spacecraft).

    2. I may be wrong, but I suspect that Mercury and Mars may not be detectable by Kepler.

    3. The planets in the outer solar system seem to be too distant from the sun to be detected by Kepler (guess based on what I know of the transmit method).

    4. The many fascinating moons in the solar system would obviously go undetected (Galilean satellites, Titan, etc).

     

    Again, I don't know the details on this and am only speculating. I wouldn't mind learning the details. If the above is true then the exoplanets Kepler has been able to detect may be a mere tip of the iceberg, no?

     

    ETA: I mean, we might say "Kepler discovers Jupiter-sized world in orbit of such and such star," but the reality could be a solar system containing many other worlds and perhaps an array of super fascinating moons in orbit of that lone detected planet. My hunch: Detection of one planet does not rule out many more; failure to detect rules out nothing. Again, if Kepler were to include Sol in its field of view from some remote vantage point, what might it find?

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