Our Local Transiting Planet: Venus
On June 5, the Kepler team led and participated in many events where the public could observe a transiting planet directly with their own eyes: Venus! Viewers saw Venus as a small dot slowly drifting across the golden disk of the Sun.
Using the transit method, the Kepler mission has identified 61 planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates during the spacecraft's first 16 months of observation from May 2009 to September 2010.
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