Planets with nearly 95 percent smaller than the size of Neptune
which is almost four time the size of Earth has been discovered.
NASA’s Kepler mission announced the discovery of Seven Hundred and Fifteen (715) new planets.
This has leads to the increase in the number of planets that looks like our planet Earth in terms of side outside our solar system.
These newly discovered planets orbits 305 stars, revealing multiple systems much like our own solar system. Interesting enough; four of these new discovered planets are less than 2.5 times the size of Earth and orbits in their Sun’s habitable zone, defined as the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet may be suitable for life-giving liquid water.
This latest discovery brings the confirmed count of planets outside our solar system to nearly One Thousand Seven Hundred (1700).
“The Kepler team continues to amaze and excite us with their
planet hunting results” said John Grunsfeld, an associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate in Washington.
I believe this is a welcome development because we now have substitution planets for Earth that one can travel to with the mindset of surviving!!