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Kepler’s big discovery of 1,284 new exoplanets has been confirmed

An additional 1,284 objects spotted by NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler are confirmed planets, agency astronomers said today. That brings the total number of verified exoplanets from Kepler to more than 2,000 — more than doubling the amount spotted by the spacecraft. “We have more than doubled the number of known exoplanets smaller than the size of Neptune,” Tim Morton, an associate research scholar at Princeton University.

“We have more than doubled the number of known exoplanets smaller than the size of Neptune.”

The group also found that 428 of the objects spotted by Kepler probably weren’t exoplanets, according to a study published in The Astrophysical Journal. The findings help scientists focus their efforts as they attempt to explore how common Earth-like planets are in the Universe, and which ones could possibly support life.Readmore..

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