Kepler telescope discovers 715 new planets

NASA has announced a torrent of new planet discoveries, hailing a “bonanza” of 715 worlds now known outside the solar system thanks to the Kepler space telescope’s planet-hunting mission.

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A new method for verifying potential planets led to the volume of new discoveries from Kepler, which aims to help humans search for other worlds that may be like Earth.

The 715 newly verified planets are orbiting 305 different stars.

The latest announcement brings the number of known planets to between 1500 and 1800, depending on which of the five main extra-solar planet-discovery catalogues is used. Learn more here.

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