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

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

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

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via Space.com https://www.space.com

June 19, 2017 at 12:37PM

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