Kepler telescope discovers 100 Earth-sized planets
10 May 2016
- From the section Science & Environment
Nasa’s Kepler telescope has discovered more than 100 Earth-sized planets orbiting alien stars.
It has also detected nine small planets within the so-called habitable zone, where conditions are favourable for liquid water – and potentially life.
The finds are contained within a catalogue of 1,284 new planets detected by Kepler – which more than doubles the previous tally.
Nasa said it was the biggest single announcement of new exoplanets.
Space agency scientists discussed the new findings in a teleconference on Tuesday.
Source: BBC World