NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

Herbert Rhodes
June 22, 2017

The data from Kepler is used to identify Earth-like planets and figuring out what are chances are to discover alien life.

Ten new Earth-size planets that could host liquid water and might have rocky surfaces have been found beyond our own modest solar system by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, scientists said Monday. He further said that understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of the future NASA missions to directly image another Earth.

Nasa's discoveries come from Kepler's over four-year-long observations of around 145,000 sun-like stars in a small section of the night sky near the Cygnus constellation.

NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered 219 new planet candidates outside our Solar System, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as the Earth, indicating the possibility of life. The new catalog release brings its total catch up to 4,034 potential planets, of which 2,335 are verified exoplanets and almost 50 are near-Earth size habitable zone candidates.

NASA's telescope Kepler that was created to search for planets has found a total of 10 new, possibly inhabitable planets, with the right size and temperatures that could imply that there might be other life present.

"An important question for us is, 'Are we alone?", Kepler program scientist Mario Perez told Reuters after the discovery.

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Of the 10 new planets which could sustain life, NASA says seven of them circle stars which are not unlike the Sun.

The details of all 10 planets including the other 209 detected by the Kepler telescope has been mentioned in the catalog released by NASA on Monday.

Before Kepler's launch astronomers thought about 1% of stars were likely to have them. The Kepler telescope only looked at a small part of the Milky Way galaxy.

"Finding two distinct groups of exoplanets is like discovering mammals and lizards make up distinct branches of a family tree", Fulton added. The NASA scientists said that out of this at least 49 planets were found to be in Goldilocks Region or in habitable conditions.

The new planets' existence must still be double-checked. The catalog of the Kepler mission will serve as a basis for the study of the prevalence and demography of these planets in our galaxy.

The James Webb Space telescope, which will replace the Hubble telescope next year, will be able to detect the make-up of atmospheres of exoplanets.

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