Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 new planetsThese newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more similar to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.
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Image: artist’s conception of Kepler-11, sun-like star around which six planets orbit. Observed by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2010

Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 new planets

These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more similar to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.

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Image: artist’s conception of Kepler-11, sun-like star around which six planets orbit. Observed by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2010

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