U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) announced today finding of 1284 new planets, the biggest by now in a single day.
This discovery has been possible thanks to a new technique for analyzing data from the Kepler telescope.
Nine of the newly confirmed planets are orbiting their stars in the so-called habitable zone, and thus they could be candidates for having liquid water and, possibly, life.
With these nine new planets, the number of potentially habitable planets discovered by Kepler telescope, which has been operating since 2013, rises to 21.
About 550 of the 1,284 planets could be rocky bodies like Earth, based on their size.
“This announcement doubles the number of planets confirmed by Kepler”, Ellen Stofan, Chief scientists at NASA’s Washington headquarters, said in a press conference.
The data collected by the Kepler telescope have allowed scientists to analyse the spectrum of more then 150,000 stars.
For the first time in history, scientists to confirm the existence of more then 2,300 planets outside our Solar System, although of those only a small fraction might be similar to Earth.
The new technique that has enabled to exponentially increase the number of planets was developed by scientists at Princeton University (USA).
Washington, May 10, 2016, EFE/Practica Español
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