Kepler mission finds over 400 new planet candidates - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Kepler mission finds over 400 new planet candidates

Posted: Updated:
Graph showing the sizes of the planet candidates detected by the Kepler mission. (Photo: NASA) Graph showing the sizes of the planet candidates detected by the Kepler mission. (Photo: NASA)
ATLANTA -

Scientists with the Kepler planet hunting mission at NASA say they have located 461 new planet candidates, making the total of possible planets located by Kepler 2,740.

The announcement was made on Monday.

Since the last Kepler catalog was released in February 2012, the most dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered, which grew by 43 and 21 percent respectively, according to NASA.

You don't have to leave the planet hunting to space missions and scientists. You can get involved in the process by going to planethunters.org. After signing up and going through its tutorials, you will be on your way to analyzing data to find a planet.

Planethunters.org has been credited with finding several planets, and who knows, maybe one day you will be part of the team that finds one!

You can view the full list of planet candidates and confirmed planets by going to exoplanets.org.

If you would like to keep track of the planet discoveries on your iPhone or iPad, you can download Kepler Candidates or Exoplanet.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Local Companies Partner To Make "Green" Beer

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:39:03 GMT
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"  And one local brewing company is celebrating
    Since it seems like there's a day for everything, get this -- today is "International Beer Day!"
  • MKTO visits Good Day Atlanta

    MKTO visits Good Day Atlanta

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:29:40 GMT
    Music sensation MKTO stops by Good Day Atlanta to talk new music and upcoming shows!
    Music sensation MKTO stops by Good Day Atlanta to talk new music and upcoming shows!
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices