NASA’s has detected 219 possible new planets.
About 10 of these new worlds may be Earth-sized and habitable.
The Kepler space telescope that discovered the new planets has so far found more than 4,000 worlds.
The results suggest that there may be billions of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
NASA scientists on Monday announced the discovery of 219 new objects beyond our solar system that are almost certainly planets.
What’s more, 10 of these worlds may be rocky, about the size of Earth, and habitable.
The data comes from the space agency’s long-running Kepler exoplanet-hunting mission. From March 2009 through May 2013, Kepler stared down about 145,000 sun-like stars in a tiny section of the night sky near the constellation Cygnus.
Most of the stars in Kepler’s view were hundreds or thousands of light-years away, so there’s little chance humans will ever visit them — or at least any time soon. However, the data could tell astronomers how common Earth-like planets are, and what the chances of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life might be.
“We have taken our telescope and we have counted up how many planets are similar to the Earth in this part of the sky,” Susan Thompson, a Kepler research …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology