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NASA discovers 715 new planets

Kepler artists concept picture of 62e super earth  Imagine the conversation with the boss at the end of the week:

“What have you done this week?”

“Not much – just discovered 715 planets”

The science team analysing data from Nasa’s Kepler telescope reported this week that it had identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System. 715! To put this figure into some context, in the nearly two decades since the first exoplanet was discovered, scientists had claimed the detection of just over 1,000 new planets.

Four of these new planets are less than two and a half times the size of Earth, orbiting in their sun’s habitable zone, the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of a planet may be suitable for liquid water, and thus may be able to support life.

Not a bad week. How was yours?

More information: http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-mission-announces-a-planet-bonanza/index.html#.UxDefON5OSo

Image from:  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html#.UxDgauN5OSp

 

 

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February 28, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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