NASA: Kepler Finds 219 New Exoplanet Candidates, 10 Might Be Habitable (Video)

NASA: Kepler Finds 219 New Exoplanet Candidates, 10 Might Be Habitable (Video)

NASA on Monday (June 19) unveiled the complete set of data from the first four years of the agency’s Kepler Space Telescope mission, which stared at a single patch of the sky in the search for alien planets. The result: Kepler has discovered 219 new alien candidates since NASA’s last data unveiling, including 10 near-Earth-size planets in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone around their stars where the conditions are just right for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface – a key feature in the search for habitable worlds.

The new discoveries boost Kepler’s total total to 4,034 candidate planets during its mission, 2,335 of which were later confrmed by follow-up observations, NASA officials said in a statement. The 10 newfound potentially Earth-size worlds bring Kepler’s total up to 50 of that type of exoplanet, with more than 30 of those being confirmed, NASA officials said.

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Check later today for the full story on the Kepler mission’s latest exoplanet discoveries. 



June 19, 2017 at 12:37PM


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