NASA finds over 100 new planets in space, some are like Earth


For the new examination, specialists broke down K2 information going the distance back to 2014, focusing in on 275 "hopeful" signs.

That brings the K2 count to 292, and the aggregate pull over Kepler's whole operational life to nearly 2,440 - around 66% of all the outsider universes at any point found.

"We found that some of the signals were caused by multiple star systems or noise from the spacecraft", study lead author Andrew Mayo, a PhD student at the Technical University of Denmark's National Space Institute, said in a statement. NASA launched Kepler in 2009 and rechristened it "K2" in 2013 after a mechanical failure changed the nature of its operation.

In any case, mission supervisors made sense of an approach to balance out Kepler utilizing daylight weight, and the shuttle soon set out on its K2 mission, which includes exoplanet chasing on a more restricted premise, and in addition watching comets and space rocks in our own nearby planetary group, supernovas and a scope of different articles and wonders. It records the light levels of hundreds of thousands of stars in search of characteristic light fluctuations that occur when exoplanets cross in front of their host stars.

These dips are indications of exoplanets which must then be examined much closer in order to validate the candidates that are actually exoplanets.

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The field is relatively young - the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992 - but it is rapidly maturing.

The brighter the host star, the more we can determine about the planet that orbits it - perhaps even more so when the next generation of much higher resolution space telescopes is launched.

Exoplanet explorers want to find other Earth-sized planets that may be capable of supporting life.

It's hard work to distinguish which signals are actually coming from exoplanets.

Mayo has stated that it's hard to determine if these 100 new planets were actually planets, saying, "We found that some of the signals were caused by multiple star systems or noise from the spacecraft". But we also detected planets that range from sub Earth-sized to the size of Jupiter and larger, ' said Dr Mayo. Researchers look for small dips in brightness around stars.

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One of the 100 new planets in particular was orbiting a very bright star, Mayo reports. "Planets around bright stars are important because astronomers can learn a lot about them from ground-based observatories", said Mayo.

"The original Kepler mission was our first glimpse into the incredible abundance and diversity of exoplanets in the Galaxy", Mayo said.

"The follow up K2 mission, on the other hand, has provided us with a great deal of interesting individual planets and systems that we can now start to study in greater detail". And, temperatures at the surface are 'scorching'. A team of five members at Ball Aerospace, Colorado attempted to revive the spacecraft with an unique solution of using sunlight pressure to obtain a stabilized course for which, the commands were fed onto the system and then transmitted to the Kepler spacecraft in a desperate attempt to revive it before finally bidding goodbye if it doesn't work.

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The new planet orbits its star once every 14.4 days.

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Exoplanets are those planets which revolve and orbit around their host star outside the solar system.