New ALIEN WORLDS discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope

New ALIEN WORLDS discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope

These findings include 50 near-Earth sized planets in all, in which 30 of them have been verified.

NASA has announced the Kepler space telescope has identified 219 potential new exoplanet candidates - and 10 could be habitable.

"Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future Nasa missions to directly image another Earth".

All of these worlds were found in a patch of sky near the Cygnus constellation in our Milky Way galaxy.

The 10 new Earth-like planets are the right temperature for liquid water to pool on their rocky surface. Of those, 10 are potentially rocky and located in the habitable zones of their stars where liquid water might be found.

Space boffins say the new data suggests most planets are a similar size to Earth or a similar size to Neptune - which is about four times bigger than Earth.

In February, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope revealed the TRAPPIST-1 system, which features seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single star - three are in the habitable zone.

This sharpens the dividing line between potentially habitable planets and those that are inhospitable to life as we know it, the researchers said.

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To celebrate, NASA has launched "Kepler Exoplanet Week" from June 17 through June 23, with events scheduled across the Bay Area.

Illustration depicting a sample of the many planets discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. As it trailed behind Earth's on its yearly trip around the sun, Kepler constantly watched more than 160,000 stars for any hint of dimming.

This is the eighth release of the Kepler candidate catalog, gathered by reprocessing the entire set of data from Kepler's observations during the first four years of its primary mission. The announcement will be live streamed from NASA's Ames Research Center in California at 11 a.m. EDT, according to a press release.

Until KOI-7711 is verified and earns an official Kepler planet name - a process that requires a different telescope (usually ground-based) to observe it transiting - this is all speculation.

So far, these planets, which scientists refer to as "super-Earths" and "mini-Neptunes", have not been found in Earth's solar system, though scientists are on the hunt for a potential ninth planet far beyond Pluto.

"We like to think of this study as classifying planets in the same way that biologists identify new species of animals", said Benjamin Fulton, doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, and lead author of the second study.

The James Webb Space Telescope, however, is capable of observing large exoplanets and detecting starlight filtered through their atmosphere, which will enable scientists to determine the atmospheric composition of the planets and analyze them for the presence of gases that can create a biological ecosystem. "Finding two distinct groups of exoplanets is like discovering mammals and lizards make up distinct branches of a family tree".

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