Kepler adds 1,284 exoplanets to its total

May 10, 2016 7:41 PM

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A statistical analysis of data collected by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope during its initial mission shows a better than 99 percent chance that 1,284 worlds previously classified as “candidates” are, in fact, actual planets, researchers said Tuesday.

The announcement boosts the total number of confirmed Kepler-discovered worlds beyond Earth’s solar system to nearly 2,300, adding additional support to the belief that exoplanets are commonplace across the 100-billion-sun Milky Way galaxy.

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