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The Number Of Known Planets In The Universe Just Doubled

NASA’s $US600 million Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a few new planets. Actually, Kepler data revealed 715 new exoplanets. That’s astonishing. It’s actually twice as many as we previously thought existed. The number of known Earth-sized planets also just quadrupled.


Almost Earth: The Global Hunt For Habitable Worlds

Two papers were published recently, each independently revealing that a planet discovered by the Kepler mission is the closest thing we’ve found yet to another Earth. But don’t pack your bags just yet — this new “Earth” is certainly not the habitable world we’ve all been waiting for.


A Mind-Boggling Display Of Earth-Like Planets

Kepler keeps finding more and more potentially habitable planets in our Universe — and it turns out that looking at them can be just as perplexing as thinking about them.


The Lens We'll Look Through To Find A New Earth

We have heard a lot about exoplanets in the past year. But for all the talk about these planets, which orbit a star other than our sun, we still haven’t actually seen one.


Kepler Almost Doubles Science's Stock Of Known Exoplanets

NASA released dramatic new findings from the planet-scouting Kepler spacecraft project Thursday. Looks like the universe is way, way more crowded than we had realised.


Earth's Twin Is On The Cusp Of Being Discovered

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a sucker for Battlestar Galactica (while these days I merely mix my sci-fi metaphors. Boldly.) Anyway, Earth’s twin is due to be discovered this year – says Michael Mayor.


T-1 Day for Kepler Launch, Search for Alternative Earths

What looks like a large burrito wrapped in tin foil, is designed to find habitable planets, and is sitting—inside a Delta II rocket—on Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral AFS, ready for launch tomorrow night?


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