NASA’s Kepler telescope detected 10 new planets outside our solar system that are the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them. The newfound Earth-sized planets circle a star just like ours and are not cool but close enough to its star to have the right temperature and most basic requirements that life needs.
“Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone,” Kepler scientist Mario Perez told journalists.
The 10 new planets are part of 219 new candidate planets that NASA announced as part of the final group of planets discovered in the main mission since the launch of the planet-hunting telescope in 2009. The mission was to survey part of the Goldilocks galaxy to see how frequent planets are and how frequent Earth-sized and potentially habitable planets are.
It will take the Kepler team a year to come up with a number of habitable planets. NASA’s Kepler space telescope was the first agency mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets using the transit method, a photometric technique that measures the minuscule dimming of starlight as a planet passes in front of its host star.