Kepler's planets compared by size to Earth and Jupiter (Credit: NASA - Wendy Stenzel)
Multi-planet systems identified by Kepler (Credit: NASA - Tim Pyle)
Planetary candidates identified by Kepler as of Feb 1st 2011 (Credit: NASA - Wendy Stenzel)
Artist's impression of Kepler-11 planetary system as three planets transit - observed by NASA's Kepler spacecraft on Aug 26 2010 (Credit: NASA - Tim Pyle)
Artist's impression of the Kepler-11 planet system compared to our solar system (Credit: NASA - Tim Pyle)
NASA's Kepler space telescope has succeeded in its mission to identify potentially-habitable exoplanets. Kepler has so far observed 156,000 stars in its field of vision and has identified no less than 1235 candidate planets that sit in the “goldilocks zone” (not too close to the star, and not too far away). Of these, scientists at the NASA's Ames Research Center are excited to announce the discovery of the Kepler-11 system – a rare multiple planetary system similar to our own with five planets in the habitable zone.
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