NASA found 10 more potentially habitable planets

by Brandon Russell | June 19, 2017

Out of 219 new planet candidates discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, 10 are near-Earth size and potentially habitable. With unreasonably warm temperatures set to sweep across the U.S. this week, now’s a pretty good time to start planning a visit to more livable climates.

NASA says the data, which was presented at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, has “significant implications for the search for life.”

“The Kepler data set is unique, as it is the only one containing a population of these near Earth-analogs—planets with roughly the same size and orbit of Earth,” explained Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist. “Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth.”

To date, Kepler has discovered 4,034 planet candidates, 30 of which have been verified to be potentially habitable.

NASA says the latest data revealed two distinct size groupings of small planets, including rocky, Earth-size planets and gaseous planets similar in size to Neptune. The data is expected to serve as the foundation for future studies.

“This carefully-measured catalog is the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy’s most compelling questions—how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy,” said Susan Thompson, Kepler research scientist.

The Kepler telescope has been on a tear lately, unveiling the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system, which included seven Earth-size planets in our backyard.

You can learn much more about Kepler’s new data in the link down below.

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