May 2016: NASA Announces 1,200 New Planets

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NASA Announces 1,200 New Planets
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NASA announces the discovery of 1,200 new planets on May 10, 2016. The discovery is made using the Kepler telescope and doubles the amount of known planets in the galaxy. The astronomers who make the discovery say that this is an important step in finding Earth-like planets. The Kepler telescope searches for planets in the habitable zone, meaning the planets are close enough to a star to have flowing water and possibly a rocky, Earth-like surface. If the star is too close to the planet then water dries up, and if the star is too far away the water becomes ice.
Photo source: NASA via AP
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