How did Kepler the planet get its name?
There is no planet named Kepler. There are, however, many planets with designations such as Kepler-22b. These planets are named as such because they were discovered using the Kepler spacecraft. The spacecraft is named after Johannes Kepler, a 16th-17th century astronomer who defined the laws of planetary motion.
There is no single planet named Kepler; rather Kepler is a prefix added to the designations of planets discovered by the Kepler telescope. Several planets discovered by Kepler, including Kepler-438b, Kepler-442b, Kepler 440b, and Kepler 296f, orbit in the habitable zones of their stars, which means they might have liquid water on their surfaces. Currently we do not have the technology to determine if they actually have liquid water.
There is no single planet named Kepler. Planets discovered by the Kepler space observatory are given designations such as Kepler-22b. Planets discovered by Kepler range from about 100 to about 7,000 light years away. Currently we do not have the ability for interstellar travel so we do not know what the travel times might be.
The Kepler Satellite has discovered well over a thousand planetary candidates, via transit. Kepler-10 b is 173 parsecs (564 light years) while Kepler-35(AB) b is 1645 parsecs (5365 light years). Kepler 42 b, c, & d are 38.7 parsecs (126 light years). This satellite is not a planet, but rather an artifact orbiting our sun at about the same distance as the Earth, built to detect exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond ours.
Kepler-22b is a extra-solar planet in orbit around Kepler-22, about 600 light years away. It is about 2.5 times the size of Earth, and is estimated to be like a warm Neptune, i.e. mostly seas with a rocky core, or a neptunian gas like planet. The likelihood of life is uncertain, but "not beyond the realm of possibility".
There is no single planet named Kepler. Rather, the Kepler label is added to the designations of planets discovered using the Kepler telescope. Planets discovered in this way are given designations such as Kepler-20f and Kepler-87c. There are more than 1,000 of these planets that come in a wide range of masses and a wide range of surface gravities.
Kepler discovered many things (most of which i cant name right now), however, he came up with 3 new laws of nature. 1. Planets move in elliptical motions, with the sun at one focus point. 2. A line joining the planet and the sun sweeps out equal area over equal time. 3. The time it takes for a planet to orbit the sun squared, is equal to the average distance between the planet and the…
There is no planet in the solar system whose name begins with K. Exoplanets with names beginning with k are either planets in orbit around a star whose designation is kappa [...], or it is named after the program through which it was found: such as KELT (for the KELT-North Survey) of KEPLER (for the Kepler satellite).