NASA has made an amazing discovery! Actually, they’ve made over 1000! And all of them could have huge implications when it comes to how we perceive the universe!
We already know there are a few dozen or so planets outside of The Solar System.
But that number has changed…dramatically!
NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.
“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”
Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015 planet candidate catalog, which identified 4,302 potential planets. For 1,284 of the candidates, the probability of being a planet is greater than 99 percent – the minimum required to earn the status of “planet.” An additional 1,327 candidates are more likely than not to be actual planets, but they do not meet the 99 percent threshold and will require additional study. The remaining 707 are more likely to be some other astrophysical phenomena. This analysis also validated 984 candidates previously verified by other techniques.
That is pretty amazing! NASA is one of the few government institutions that is actually worth the dollars spent on it. Discoveries like this are proof that our universe is a vast and amazing place, and we haven’t even explored a fraction of it!
Would you want to travel to a distant planet? Share your thoughts in the comments!