715 New Planets Discovered by NASA’s Kepler

Launched in 2009, the Kepler Space telescope mission is to find Earth-like worlds orbiting distant stars in the Constellation Lyra.
It used the so-called transit technique – looking for the periodic dips in light as exoplanets pass in front of their host stars to idenitfy planets. Kepler scientists after having sifted through reams of data have concluded that Kepler has discovered 715 planets beyond our Solar System.

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