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NASA Announces Mother Lode of New Planets: 715

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Our galaxy is looking far more crowded.  NASA has confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Our galaxy is looking far more crowded. NASA has confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system.

WASHINGTON - Our galaxy is looking far more crowded.  NASA has confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system.

Scientists using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope have nearly doubled the number of planets discovered in the galaxy; the figure is now about 1,700.  Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than our sun.

Astronomers used a new confirmation technique to come up with the largest batch of planets announced at one time.

All the new planets are in systems like ours where multiple planets circle a star.  Four of those new planets are in habitable zones where it is not too hot or not cold.

 

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