Ten of the 219 new worlds are thought to be potentially rocky and in the so-called Goldilocks or habitable zone, a region which is not too close or far away from the star they are orbiting to enable liquid water to exist on their surfaces.
Scientists with NASA's Kepler mission announced on Monday that they have now completed the catalogue of the telescope's original four-year campaign of observations.
"Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future Nasa missions to directly image another Earth".
Kepler'sdata also provided a new way to assess whether a planet has a solid surface, like Earth, or is made mostly of gas, like Neptune.
"This carefully-measured catalog is the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy's most compelling questions - how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy?" said Susan Thompson, a Kepler research scientist and lead author of the latest study.
The division now is between two categories: "super-Earths", or rocky planets about 1.5 times the size of our own, and "mini-Neptunes", gassy planets more than 2.5 times Earth's size. It's created to find rocky planets (not gaseous ones like Jupiter) that are located in habitable zones of stars where temperatures are temperate enough to potentially sustain life as we know it.
Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle
Scotland's government wants a special deal to stay in the single market or, if not, to secede and stay in or rejoin the EU. Queen Elizabeth will deliver the "Queen's Speech", setting out the government's plans for the new parliamentary session.
US, Somali Forces Attack al-Shabaab Site
The Pentagon estimated that the strike, in response to attacks in Somalia by al Qaida-linked al Shabaab , killed eight militants. Al-Shabaab has been staging numerous attacks in the country in an attempt to establish the strict Sharia law in it.
The latest findings were released at the Fourth Kepler and K2 science conference being held this week at NASA's Ames research center in California. Like other missions that have outlived their expected lifespan, Kepler broadened its search in 2014 to include other parts of our galaxy and has been taking in data ever since.
Detected in four separate transit candidates, each around 302 days apart, associated with a star that is slightly smaller and cooler than our Sun, KOI-7711 hasn't been verified as a confirmed exoplanet yet. Kepler directly measures the size of planets, and their distance from their stars, meaning there is no way to definitely know whether a planet is habitable. "Intermediate-size planets between these two size groups are relatively rare".
Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star outside of the solar system.
The result: 4,034 exoplanet candidates.
For the final catalog, the team focused on teasing out Earth-sized planets around G-type stars like our sun. In the mid-2020s, we have our sights on taking a picture of small planets like Earth with our Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
NASA is getting better at identifying Earth-sized exoplanets in other ways, too.
A follow-up study, described today by astronomer Benjamin Fulton of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, fine-tuned the size measurements for some 2000 Kepler planets using the Keck telescopes in Hawaii.
General Electric announced Monday morning that CEO and Chairman Jeff Immelt is stepping down from his role at the company. GE has recently faced pressure from activist investor Trian Fund Management to cut costs and make other changes.
It can be dedicated to a city's last stand, marked by the return of one of the most physical running backs to ever play the game. Lynch, a first-round draft pick of the Bills in 2007, was a Pro Bowler in 2008, but was traded to the Seahawks in 2010.
The arrival of the Golden Knights has definitely made things interesting for the other 30 teams in the National Hockey League . That would settle the Canes' goalie situation and keep the Knights from taking Stempniak or Nordstrom, two players with value.
Also announced was that new night versions of maps now available in Battlefield 1 will be released throughout June and July. We still don't know much about how the game will play, but this glimpse should be enough to get Need for Speed fan excited.
His family said he had been in a coma since March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years' hard labour in North Korea . Three other USA citizens are being held by the regime; President Trump should make their release a priority.
Hodgkinson opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. and top House Republican , Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those injured. Click below for some of the comments from Congressman Roger Williams , recorded from his Twitter feed @RepRWilliams.
The NSA document says Russian military intelligence first targeted employees of a Florida voting systems supplier in August. Humboldt County, population 136,000, might not seem like a top target for the Russians.
Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo . Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video .
A seventh-round pick by New England in 2009, Edelman has played his entire National Football League career with the Patriots. Wide receiver Julian Edelman will remain with the New England Patriots after both sides agreed to a contract extension.
When asked about his team's mindset ahead of the game, Mortaza said, "It's our focus to win every match and we play at our best". England play Australia in their final group game at Edgbaston on Saturday, knowing they could knock the Aussies out of the event.
Fairbanks Relay for Life raises over $100K
- Head to the Goshen High School track and take a walk alongside cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members. Funds that are raised and donations made all go to cancer research and education, patient help or support and treatment programs.
Heat stroke vs. heat exhaustion: Warning signs you need to know
The high for Monday will be 101, Tuesday's high is expected to be near 105 degrees and Wednesday is expected to reach 106 degrees. A ridge of high pressure centered over Southern California is to blame, said Will Pi, a meteorologist with the weather service.
EC issues notification for President's election
Earlier, the notification for the Presidential elections has been released by the Election Commission of India. A candidate needs to secure a certain quota of votes which is 50 percent of the valid votes polled +1.
Va.'s Kaine opposes Saudi arms sale
Instead, U.S. actions in Yemen, increased the popularity of the local Al-Qaeda affiliate and helped to destabilize the country. Hours before the vote, Paul told a group of congressional interns and staff members that the measure was largely symbolic.
President Trump holds news conference with Romanian president
He adamantly denied Comey's claims that he asked him to end the FBI's investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn . Kasowitz also maintained that the testimony made clear that Trump "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr.
Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'
But neither can quite give you the experience promised by the (pricey) combination of a HomePod and Apple Music subscription. Apple will start selling the HomePod this December for $349, competing with devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo.
Troops find stash of banknotes in Marawi
Tañada on Wednesday, June 7, filed a petition for certiorari and mandamus, together with Bishops Emeritus Deogracias S. The United States is the Philippines' biggest supplier of military hardware and arms.