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Old 02-27-2014, 04:34 AM   #1
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Population of Known Alien Planets Nearly Doubles as NASA Discovers 715 New Worlds
By by Mike Wall, Senior Writer
15 hours ago

NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered more than 700 new exoplanets, nearly doubling the current number of confirmed alien worlds.

The 715 newfound planets, which scientists announced today (Feb. 26), boost the total alien-world tally to between 1,500 and 1,800, depending on which of the five main extrasolar planet discovery catalogs is used. The Kepler space telescope is responsible for more than half of these finds, hauling in 961 exoplanets to date, with thousands more candidates awaiting confirmation by follow-up investigations.

"This is the largest windfall of planets not exoplanet candidates, mind you, but actually validated exoplanets that's ever been announced at one time," Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist at NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington, told reporters today.[Gallery: A World of Kepler Planets]

About 94 percent of the new alien worlds are smaller than Neptune, researchers said, further bolstering earlier Kepler observations that suggested the Milky Way galaxy abounds with rocky planets like Earth.

Most of the 715 exoplanets orbit closely to their parent stars, making them too hot to support life as we know it. But four of the worlds are less than 2.5 times the size of Earth and reside in the "habitable zone," that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on their surfaces.

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1800 planets discovered; 9,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999, 999,999,999,999,999,999,999 to go...
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1800 planets discovered; 9,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999, 999,999,999,999,999,999,999 to go...
No worries. Kirk and Spock are on it.
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I'm not the only science geek?
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Very cool. Its only a matter of time now that we find life on another planet. Maybe our childrens children will be the one's.
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Ken Ham said God made these a few weeks ago to throw the scientific heathens off his trail.
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Maybe we'll finally find out where the Lizard People come from
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I'm not the only science geek?
Not a science geek. I just found it interesting and am looking for any hope of abandoning this mud ball called Earth.
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What are the travel times?
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What are the travel times?
depends on the wormhole you take scenic or express.
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