NASA Telescope Finds More Than 1,000 Planets — Still No Aliens
"This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth," one scientist said.By Katie Link | May 10, 2016
As far as Tuesdays go, NASA had a pretty good one. Astronomers announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets.
The planets are orbiting distant stars way outside our solar system and are known as "exoplanets."
The exoplanets were spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope, which has been in orbit since 2009. This new discovery more than doubles the amount of confirmed planets Kepler has noticed since its launch.