Truth is a force of nature
- May 7, 2004
BBC News - Kepler telescope bags huge haul of planetsThe science team sifting data from Nasa's Kepler space telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System.
This is a huge new haul.
In the nearly two decades since the first so-called exoplanet was first discovered, researchers had claimed the detection of just over 1,000 new worlds.
Kepler's latest bounty orbit only 305 stars, meaning many are in multi-planet systems.
The vast majority, 95%, are smaller than our Neptune, which is four times the size of the Earth.
Four of the new planets are less than 2.5 times the size of Earth, and they orbit their host suns in the "habitable zone" - the region around a star where water can keep a liquid state.