2014 a jackpot year for confirmed exoplanets by the now-retired space telescope.
The Kepler space telescope discovered over 1,000 alien worlds during its five-year life, and now it’s up to the Keck telescope down here on planet Earth (on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i, to be more precise) to double-check Kepler’s findings.
Well, as of the beginning of March, according to so many news sources, astronomers have now confirmed 715 new Kepler-found planets. That’s just in 2014 so far (so, two months of monitoring).
And most of them fall under the ‘super-earth’ category:
The next most prolific slot is the Earth-sized planet category.
NASA scientists have confirmed four more exoplanets orbiting their star’s habitable zone: Kepler 174 d, Kepler 296 f, Kepler 298 d, and Kepler 309 c. All of them are around two times the size of the Earth (in other words, super-earths).
So, not quite Earth-like, but still possible habitable, nonetheless.