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Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from […]

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A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

A.I. may not be driving your car around yet, but it is discovering new exoplanets! Our solar system is now tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s […]

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Thousand plus new planets found by NASA.

May 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Thousand plus new planets found by NASA.

NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can […]

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NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s empire of a thousand worlds.

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study — the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Using Kepler data, scientists reached […]

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NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone […]

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The great bonanza of worlds.

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The great bonanza of worlds.

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of […]

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It’s full of stars… no, planets!

November 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
It’s full of stars… no, planets!

NASA is excited about the discovery of 833 new candidate planets by the Kepler team. Ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s habitable zone, which is defined as the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet may be […]

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NASA finds smallest habitable zone worlds yet.

April 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
NASA finds smallest habitable zone worlds yet.

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has […]

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The very, very small planet.

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
The very, very small planet.

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun.  The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring […]

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Free planets for everyone… NASA’s great new world rush.

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Free planets for everyone… NASA’s great new world rush.

NASA’s Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. One of the four newly […]

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