NASA Astronomers made a startling discovery using the Kepler space telescope, wherein they detected 219 possible new exoplanets in our galaxy. This revelation included information about 10 relatively small, rocky, and possibly, habitable planets resembling Earth.
The new additions are the latest entry to the already existing catalog of exoplanets compiled when Kepler mission was in its first phase. The space telescope had scanned about 200,000 stars in the Cygnus constellation in a bid to find a planet similar to ours. With the new discovery, the count in the official catalog has risen to 4,034 ‘candidates’, out of which, 49 fit squarely into the ‘habitable zone’.
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While the discovery of new exoplanets is an ecstatic news, however, Caltech astrophysicist Courtney Dressing thinks that number could be sizable.
The Kepler space telescope was launched into the orbit around the sun in 2009 with the mission to take a small census of a small slice of Milky Way to comprehend the demographics of our galaxy. In the initial four years of its installation, Kepler surveyed only 0.25% of the space and collected data about all the exoplanets that may host an ‘Earth 2.0’.
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