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715 New Worlds Added To Kepler’s Belt

715 New Worlds Added To Kepler’s Belt

2014 a jackpot year for confirmed exoplanets by the now-retired space telescope.

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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.

exoplanets, keppler, earth, world, space, telescope, discoverWell, 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.exoplanets, keppler, earth, world, space, telescope, discover

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.

Sources:
Nasa confirms the existence of 715 new exoplanets 
Keplers latest exoplanet hoard graphed

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