715 New Planets Revealed by Kepler Telescope
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope discovered 715 new exoplanets, the largest amount of validated planets released at one time. Not only has the number of known planets now doubled, but four could theoretically support life-giving liquid on their surfaces. When possible planets are identified by Kepler, of which 3,600 possible candidates have been identified, scientists must measure the dimming of a star's brightness as an object passes in front of it, otherwise known as the transit method. With the addition of verification by multiplicity, scientists have brought efficiency to the art of poring through years Kepler data.
By Jordan Moses
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