1284 alien planets found by NASA's Kebler Space Telescope

By Drum Digital
11 May 2016

By far the largest haul of alien planets to be unveiled at one time, the discovery takes the total number of exoplanets to 3200,

2235 of the exoplanets were found by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, Space.Com reported. The Kepler mission was launched in March 2009 and tasked with “determining Earth-like planets” throughout the Milky Way.

The newly discovered alien planets include 9 rocky worlds suspected to be able to support life, the website said. "We now know that exoplanets are common, most stars in our galaxy have planetary systems and a reasonable fraction of stars in our galaxy have potentially habitable planets," said Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters.

South Africa will have its share of experiencing space this June. After a successful exhibition in Europe, Gateway to Space: The Exhibition will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from 1 June to 31 July 2016. Gateway to Space was assembled by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, an official NASA Visitor Center.

For more information about this exciting exhibition go to www.gatewaytospace.co.za.


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