104 planets are potentially habitable among many of the explored planets by Kepler

Kepler Transiting Planet Candidates (Saturated Colours) (Credit: SETI)

Main Point:

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has found a number of alien planets and 104 of them are potentially habitable.

Study Further:

Scientists from the NASA’s Kepler space mission have announced the discovery of 833 new planet candidates during a press conference. This discovery brings the number to 3,538 candidate worlds. There are about 104 planets in the habitable zone and 10 of them are about the size of Earth, scientists said.

In the first three years of Kepler space exploration, over 3,500 candidate planets were discovered. Since January, the number of planet candidates identified by Kepler mission increased by 29%.

“We’re opening a new era of exploration of our galaxy,” said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., where scientists are discussing the latest exoplanet discoveries during the second Kepler Science Conference this week.

“The trend of finding Earth-like planets is likely to continue,” said research scientist Jason Rowe of the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, Calif.

Source:

NASA Spacecraft Finds Bounty of Alien Planets, Including 104 Potentially Habitable Worlds – Space (http://www.space.com/23460-alien-planets-kepler-discoveries-habitable-worlds.html)

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is a sort of entrepreneur. He is the author of "Color Atlas of Statistics", and the owner of an Android game "Faily Rocket."

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