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SEATTLE — The Kepler space telescope has added 554 planet candidates to the growing list of worlds beyond the solar system, astronomers announced January 6 at the American Astronomical Society meeting. In addition to producing the bevy of possible planets, Kepler researchers have confirmed another eight worlds with the potential for hosting liquid water on their surfaces.

The data bring Kepler’s total number of planet candidates to 4,175, including more than 800 with diameters roughly the size of Earth’s. Among these far-off locales are a few worlds that might not be too different from home.

Courtesy: Science News


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