WASHINGTON — NASA's Kepler mission, launched in 2009 and with two more years to go, has detected 1,284 new exoplanets, including nine worlds that may be able to sustain life.
NASA announced on Tuesday that the Kepler Space Telescope, which searches for planets in our Milky Way that lie up to 3,000 light years from Earth, has verified 1,284 new planets. Five hundred and fifty appear to be rocky based on their size. Of these 550, nine are located just far enough from their suns to suggest they may contain water.
The latest finding nearly doubles the number of confirmed exoplanets and is the largest number of new planets announced at one time, reported Space.
According to NASA's statement, the new findings can be credited to a computer simulation and a new statistical method that takes into account such factors as how many total stars are in our galaxy.
The total number of exoplanets discovered now stands at 3,200. A total of 21 of these may be habitable. The Kepler mission shows that with at least 70 billion stars in our galaxy, there may be billions of habitable, Earth-sized planets out there that have yet to be discovered.
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Captain Jack Black. First what a great original name. Must have taken some real thought to come up with that one. You are right though. The sun is too big and too far away in the heliocentric make believe ball earth fairy tale. Thanks for reassuring that we a flat and motionless and the sun and moon are the same size and distance and do the same thing. Traverse the flat plain we live on. Keep spinning moron.
wow a field of vision that stretches 30 light years? WTF. It was launched in 2009 and is orbiting the sun that is 93 million miles away. The sun is moving through the galaxy at what 127 thousand KM and some how this satellite was able to catch it. Use your common sense. Or just keep on spinning on the ball.
Almost every single star has one or multiple planets, so with almost a hundred billion stars in our galaxy, and several hundred billion galaxies in the cosmos, there are probably millions upon millions of rocky planets that could host water
All part of the alien deception aproaching. Do people still believe this nonsense? What a joke...I don't believe this for a second... Childhoods end, very telling.... No aliens folks, just godriel ( lucifer, satan ) and the fallen ones .... Truth really is stranger than fiction. I never would have believed it but the bible has more truth than our science books. Look into the real truth, it really will set you free. ||| Written by a recovering atheist .... Think about it.
There are no photos of alien planets. Instead, astronomers use the Kepler telescope to monitor the brightness of stars and look for slight dips in the light. The size and duration of these dips tells us about the planet that is passing in front of the star and blocking light.
ikr if they find another planet with life that have intelligence then thing will change. after they find it then all religious will gone for good. well I'm atheist but I hate all the stupid Christianity lies.
The Kepler scope counts on the same planet passing the scope multiple times. That's how they know it's a planet dipping the star's brightness and how they calculate the orbital period of the planet.
I will laugh my ass off when NASA dies in some kind of Human conflict while still looking to the Stars stubbornly.
But I cannot judge them truly. If you have no dreams anymore in this world you are really a complete loser.
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