NASA Discovers 10 Planets That May Be Future Homes for Humankind

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NASA revealed that they have discovered 219 new planets that are outside of the solar system.

The amount is said to include 10 that are similar to Earth in that they are rocky, that exist in Goldilocks zone of the solar system and which are neither too near to their star, which means too hot, but at the same time not too far away nor too cold for liquid water to exist.

219 Potential New Worlds Found By Kepler Telescope

The discovery of the new Earth-like rocky planets came from NASA through Twitter when they used the hashtag @NASAKepler and said scientists had identified 219 potential new worlds. This brings the discoveries of suspected exoplanets, which are planets that are found outside of Earths solar system, which has been discovered by the Kepler space telescope to over 4,000.

This measured catalog is said to be the foundation of answering directly one of the most compelling questions in astronomy, how many Earth-like planets might there be in the galaxy. Susan Thompson, a SETI Institute research scientist posed this question. Thompson is among the people who search for any signs of there being alien lifeforms.

2,335 Candidates Verified As Exoplanets

NASA said in a statement that the Kepler telescope has now found a possible 4,034 candidates and 2,335 of those have been verified to be exoplanets. Kepler has detected 50 that are close to the size of Earth and which may be habitable zone candidates, while over 30 have been verified.

More results of the data from Kepler have revealed two size groupings of planets that are distinct and which stand out. Both results are said to have huge implications in regards to the search for alien lifeforms.

Kepler programmer scientist working at NASA, Mario Perez, said that the important of the telescope cannot be made clear enough. He went on to say that the data set from the Kepler telescope is unique due to the fact that it is the only one that contains a population of near-Earth analogs; this is planets that have roughly the same orbit and size as planet Earth. He went on to say that being able to understand the frequency of them in the galaxy is going to help provide information about NASA missions in the future and their designs, in regards to directly imaging another planet like Earth.

Kepler Telescope Located Earth-Sized Planets Using Transit Method

The Kepler telescope was the first agency mission that has been able to locate planets that are a similar size to Earth by using the transit method. This is a photometric technique that is able to measure the smallest dimming of any starlight as the planet goes in front of the host star.

During its first four years on the mission, the telescope managed to observe star fields that were in the Cygnus constellation. Results have been recently revealed from the data on 19 June 2017 and they have implications for being able to understand the frequency of the different types of planets that are in the galaxy, along with the way in which planets are formed. Kepler has collected data on a second mission since 2014 and looked at fields which are on the plane of the ecliptic in our galaxy.

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