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NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Spots 219 Possible New Planets

Science & Tech  (tags: space exploration, planets, outer space, exoplanets, Kepler telescope, discoveries )

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NASA recently announced that its Kepler space telescope has updated its catalogue of exoplanets with 219 new candidates. Ten of these newly spotted exoplanets are nearly the size of Earth and orbit in their star's habitable zones.


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Judy C (91)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 8:53 pm
This is very interesting. There are probably so many planets like this! Thanks Freya.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 21, 2017, 11:21 pm
. . .and very possibly teeming with life.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 2:31 am
think in the next few yrs as our technology improves even more--we'll be discovering 200 every wk. The universe has billions of them. thx Freya

Animae C (508)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 3:43 am
Fascinating, love it!

TY Freya

TOM TREE (247)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 9:40 am
VERY KEWL ! Thank You for Sharing .....

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 10:32 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 12:26 pm
Noted, Thank you

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 3:31 pm

Colleen L (3)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 4:36 pm
Amazing what they keep finding. Thanks Freya

Lenore K (0)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 5:19 pm

Anne K (139)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 5:39 pm
Thanks, Freya.

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 5:41 pm
Very cool!

MmAway M (519)
Thursday June 22, 2017, 9:28 pm
Love the Moon Stars and etc.
The researchers found that smaller exoplanets fall into two distinct categories: Earth-sized planets and gas planets smaller than Neptune, commonly called mini-Neptunes. Very few planets smaller than Neptune fall outside of these two categories. Planetary scientists hope to use this growing repository of data to learn about planet formation throughout the galaxy and to answer a more enticing question: How many planets like Earth are out there?

"We like to think of this study as classifying planets in the same way that biologists identify new species of animals," said Benjamin Fulton, doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii and lead author of a study about the updated Kepler catalogue. "Finding two distinct groups of exoplanets is like discovering mammals and lizards make up distinct branches of a family tree."

Just a part of this made me smile! Thank you Freya so much!

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Friday June 23, 2017, 4:45 am
Ten of these newly spotted exoplanets are nearly the size of Earth and orbit in their star's habitable zone, meaning temperatures could be right for liquid water to exist on the surface

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Friday June 23, 2017, 4:45 am

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Friday June 23, 2017, 4:46 am
In the meantime, Kepler forges ahead, cataloguing every exoplanet it can spot. It may be that one of those 4,000 entries in the Kepler catalogue is home to extraterrestrial life.

Juan K (0)
Friday June 23, 2017, 8:47 am
amazing article )))))

Lenore K (0)
Friday June 23, 2017, 5:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 2:31 am
How wonderful to reflect we are part of such an amazing, exciting universe

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 5:02 am
Thanks again

Lenore K (0)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 3:12 pm

Tom P (29)
Saturday June 24, 2017, 4:22 pm
Can we send trump and Co to one. Please. Pick one with no inhabitants he can harm.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:29 am
Thanks again

Lenore K (0)
Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:50 am

Janis K (129)
Sunday June 25, 2017, 7:12 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams (179)
Monday June 26, 2017, 6:23 am
What Tom P said!!!!!!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 26, 2017, 6:49 am
Thanks again

Tamie R (0)
Monday June 26, 2017, 3:01 pm
Wow, this is very fascinating

Lenore K (0)
Monday June 26, 2017, 3:37 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 27, 2017, 2:34 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday June 28, 2017, 1:38 am
Thanks again

Lenore K (0)
Wednesday June 28, 2017, 2:50 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday June 29, 2017, 3:52 am
Thanks again

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Friday June 30, 2017, 5:34 am
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