Yesterday, scientists from NASA’s Kepler team added a whopping 1,284 planets to the official list of planets we’ve found outside of our solar system. Credit for the large number of new exoplanets being added at the same time goes to a new, automated technique for analyzing planet-like signals and verifying that they actually are from planets.
|An artist's concept of select planetary discoveries made by NASA's Kepler space telescope.|
Image Credit: NASA/W. Stenzel
|The transit of Mercury on May 9 shown with a composite image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. |
Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Genna Duberstein.