A new study finds that more than half of the gas giant planets candidates in the NASA’s Kepler data are false positives — aren’t planets at all — a rate much higher than previously thought.
NASA’ Former chief operating officer in Spain Carlos González Pintado says there could be life on Kepler-452b — the newly remarkable world discovered by NASA’ kepler mission — given its characteristics.
Since it was launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope has found nearly 1,000 planets in distant solar systems. However, in May 2013, the spacecraft was temporarily shut down due to a hardware malfunction. In May 2014, NASA scientists devised a solution and turned it back on — and Thursday, they announced the telescope has found yet another exoplanet.
Astronomers have identified one of the “richest” planetary systems discovered so far, which includes seven planets, informs bbc.co.uk. The discovery of the seventh planet around the dwarf star KIC 11442793 could be considered a record, said two different teams of researchers.
An international team of astronomers led by the Belgian Vincent Van Eylen (PhD student at danish university Aarhus) discovered, by using NASA’s Kepler telescope, a new extrasolar planet, called Kepler-410A b, lies in the constellation Lyra about 431 light-years away from Earth.