NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.
After four years of searching, the Kepler telescope has detected a total of 49 planets in the Goldilocks zone. And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy, one quarter of one percent of a galaxy that holds about 200 billion stars.
Seven of the 10 newfound Earth-size planets circle stars that are just like ours. That means the planets may have some of the most basic requirements that life needs, upping the chances for life.
Photo courtesy of NASA
“Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone,’’ Kepler scientist Mario Perez said in a news conference on June 19.
The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 with the aim of surveying part of the galaxy to see how frequent Earth-size and potentially habitable planets are.(AP)
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