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"Kepler" discovered 715 planets - Frankfurter Rundschau

27 February 2014

The space telescope ‘Kepler’ has discovered 715 new planets. Photo: NASA / dpa

The space telescope ‘Kepler’ has indeed set the service for a good six months, but the data are only gradually analyzed. 715 planets around 305 stars, the researchers have now discovered data using the “Kepler”, on four of the planets could exist liquid water.

Nasa space telescope ‘Kepler’ has discovered more than 700 planets around other stars. It is the largest planet discovery of the story of how the U.S. space agency announced in its Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, on Wednesday. Thus, the number of so-called exoplanets known rises to around the 1700s.

Overall, the “Kepler” researchers confirmed 715 previously unknown planet at 305 stars, as NASA planetary scientist Jack Lissauer reported. 94 percent of the newly discovered planets are smaller than Neptune, four planets orbiting their star in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist. Signs of life, the researchers have not found there.

The Fund was possible to be quickly confirmed by a new analysis technique, with the planetary candidates. The planet hunters “Kepler” was launched in March 2009 and had searched around for four years almost 200 000 stars in the constellation Cygnus for planets. Middle of last year failed one part of the control of the telescope and the observation has ceased operations. The “Kepler” data are not completely evaluated. (AP)

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