NASA’s Kepler Discovers Biggest Ever Collection Of Alien Planets

Posted: May 11 2016, 4:33am CDT | by , Updated: May 11 2016, 5:04am CDT, in Latest Science News


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NASA Discovers 1284 New Alien Planets
This artist's concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA's Kepler space telescope. Credits: NASA/W. Stenzel
  • Kepler Mission detects more than a Thousand Alien Planets in Outer Space
  • Biggest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

NASA’s Kepler Mission has detected more than a thousand alien planets in the context of outer space.

The Kepler Mission seems to have spotted 1284 planets that had been hitherto unknown. This is the maximum number of exoplanets ever reported in one instance.

The monumental achievement was discussed during a NASA press conference. As as a mission of discovery, Kepler has doubled its findings with this latest milestone. Kepler is the first space telescope that easily tracks little rocky planets in the habitable zone of various stars.

It is entirely due to Kepler that our knowledge of exoplanets has become so advanced. Most of the stars in the Milky Way tend to have planets that are habitable.

This alone is a determining factor in the equation of whether there are alien life forms other than our own species in the universe. Kepler was sent into the skies in 2009.

It has observed more than 150,000 stars in the Milky Way up until now. These led to the discovery of exoplanets. The dimming of stars, as planets pass in front of them, is proof of the existence of exoplanets.

The ultimate objective of Kepler is to discover more planets that resemble the earth. These are in the habitable zone and water often collects on their surface.

Most of them are 1.6 times the size of the earth. They have a craggy surface. Nine of these planets are likely to harbor alien life forms or so is thought to be the case.

These are members of the habitable planets’ hall of fame. To find out more about whether a planet is habitable, scientists use a number of methods. A complex analysis takes place where telescopes and radial velocity determine the potential of habitation of the planet.

Great care is needed in this venture since sometimes it turns out false positives. The current number of planets discovered by the Kepler Mission lend a view into this world of habitable planets.

A reliability score of more than 99% is a sign that the planet is habitable. This whole process of planetary discovery is automated thanks to NASA’s untiring efforts.

The planets are like small pieces of dried bread. If you spill a few large pieces on the ground, you can easily pick them up from the ground. Yet if you drop many small pieces, you will need a broom.

Similarly, the Kepler Mission faces stuff that is a cinch and also has some difficulties with regard to the discovery of exoplanets that are habitable.

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