Kepler Mission Transmits Info Of 1,284 New Planets, Is Another Habitable Planet Discovered?

First Posted: May 16, 2016 08:41 AM EDT

NASA's ongoing Kepler missions have provided the space station with an astounding number of newly discovered planets. The Kepler mission brought in about 1,284 new planets in total, being the largest number of verified planets to date.

NASA Washington Headquarters chief scientist Ellen Stofan said on a report that "This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler, This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth."

On an observation mid-2015, about 4,302 potential planets were discovered but was immediately trimmed down to 984 after tedious research and verification. Thus the discovery of 1,284 new planets is a huge percentage than first predicted, NY Times reported.

These space scientists also added that there's a complete uncertainty among the universe unless explored. Their research is somehow limited with only the use of the telescope. They then believed that materials that existed in space are mostly stars, but explorations like Kepler Mission has proven them wrong. Now they think that there are new planets to be discovered. Also, the same people said that there are more planets than stars, NASA reported.

Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters even said "This knowledge informs people of the future missions that have to be explored to take us ever-closer to finding out whether we are alone in the universe."

The Kepler mission began back in 2009, with the tasks to identify planets from stars through the signal it transmits. Throughout the mission, the Kepler has already discovered 2,325 new planets out of 3000 since 2009.

2016 is the breakout year in space history for verifying 1,284 planets. It has given hope with regards to the fact that there are more to be discovered farther into space.

The discovery of 1,284 new planets is just the beginning of the Kepler Mission transmission. This could push the exploration of discovering planets that are habitable and possible life outside of the Earth.  

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