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Kepler telescope finds 10 new Earth-like planetsScientists at NASA's Ames Research Center on June 19 announce the discovery of 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which might be very similar to our own Earth.
This morning NASA announced 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are Earth-like in both size and distance from their home star. Occupying what is known as the habitual zone where water can pool on the rocky surface. The announcement was made at a Kepler media briefing, which took place at the NASA AMES in California's Silicon Valley. The planet hunting Kepler satellite was launched in spring of 2009, for the sole purpose of detecting Earth-sized planets using a transit method by measuring the tiny amount of dimming starlight as a planet passes in front of its host star. Today, Kepler has detected 4034 planet candidates and 2335 have been verified as exoplanets. It has also discovered 50 near earth sized habitable zoned candidates of which more than 30 have also been verified by NASA scientist. The Kepler catalogue of candidate planets is supposed to serve as a foundation for more discovery to determine the prevalence and demographics of planets in the galaxy. This new result presented today have implication for understanding the frequency of different types of planets in our galaxy and help us to advance our knowledge. How planets are formed. Read more details about the Kepler findings in Amanda Kooser's article on cnet.com.