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NASA Discovers 10 Potentially Habitable Earth-Like Planets

They were identified by Kepler space telescope and have been added to its discoveries that reach a total of 4,034 candidate planets.Ten of the new discoveries were orbiting their suns at a distance similar to Earth’s orbit around the sun, the so-called habitable zone, meaning surface temperatures could support liquid water and, hypothetically, life.This catalog is the latest release of Kepler during the first four years of its mission.Famous US space agency NASA has announced that 219 new planet candidates have been discovered outside our solar system by its Kepler space telescope.Kepler space telescope has identified 219 new planet candidates. It’s also the final catalog from the spacecraft’s view of the patch of sky in the Cygnus constellation.The data accessed from Kepler has aided the scientists to conclude the existence of two distinct sizes of small planets, which have lasting implications on the search for life outside the solar system.The findings were presented at a news conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. He further said that understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of the future NASA missions to directly image another Earth.”Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone”, Perez said.By studying Kepler’s data, scientists can determine if a planet is a massive gas giant like Jupiter or a small, rocky world like Earth.Kepler’s data also gives new approaches on how to evaluate the distinctions among the planets so as to establish the chances of finding life on other planets. Out of these 2,335 are exoplanets and around 50 are thought to be Earth-like habitable zones.The Kepler space telescope hunts for planets by detecting the change in a star’s brightness, as it drops when a planet is transiting from its front.By February this year, seven more planets with “Earth-like” qualities were discovered.A chart with the planets found by Kepler, according to their size and their orbital period.”It’s incredible the things that Kepler has found”, Thompson said in a press conference.Susan Thompson, a research scientist at the SETI (signs of extra-terrestrial life) Institute said, “This carefully measured catalog is the foundation for directly answering one of the astronomy’s most compelling questions – how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy?”