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NASA Finds 219 Possible Planets, Including 10 'Earths'
The worlds are part of the final census from the Kepler telescope, which found a total of more than 4,000 planet candidates over four years.
NASA just added 219 possible planets to its growing catalogue of worlds beyond our solar system, including 10 that are potentially temperate, rocky worlds like Earth.
Among its newest clutch is a possible planet that could be the most similar to Earth yet spied: Called KOI 7711.01, the world is just 30 percent larger than our own fragile oasis, and it orbits a star like the sun that’s 1,700 light-years away.
Crucially, this roughly Earth-size planet lives in the region around its star where it gets just the right amount of solar warmth for liquid water to potentially soak its surface.
“It gets approximately the same amount of heat that we get from our own star,” says the SETI Institute’s Susan