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article imageNew Earth-type planet spotted by Kepler telescope

By Dawn Denmar     Jan 7, 2015 in Science
It was confirmed a few hours back at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that the Kepler Space Telescope has located another eight new planets, making a total of more than 1,000 new planets located to date. One Earth-like planet caused a buzz.
Of the eight new planets spotted by Kepler, it seems only three could potentially be habitable, giving a potential total of eight planets that might support mankind. This new Earth-type planet is the most likely candidate yet for human habitation, likely to be around 40 percent hotter than our Earth as it may receive more heat from its sun.
It is difficult for researchers to confirm much more detail on these new finds, though they do believe this new planet and one other may be rocky like our Earth. The only confirmed information that can be provided is planet size and the amount of energy each planet receives from its star. For the space researchers it's just a case of hazarding a guess that planets of a certain size are likely to be rocky and possibly have oceans and continents but Kepler measurements don't go into this much detail.
The first exoplanet was discovered more than 20 years ago and the excitement generated for astronomers since that date has been phenomenal. This new Earth-type planet is more than 475 light years away from Earth, so visits are unlikely and researchers don't yet have the slightest idea of the composition of the planet.
Kepler scientists have also just released another listing of over 500 candidate planets, though whether any of these candidates will actually become confirmed new planets remains to be seen.
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