Tens of billions of potentially habitable planets are in the Universe


Other more than 550 of the newly discovered planets are thought to be rocky. The last answer about how many potentially habitable planets are in the galaxy was amazing: “tens of billions of potentially habitable, Earth-like planets out in the galaxy,” Natalie Batalha, a Kepler mission scientist at ’s Ames Research Cente said. Kepler still has more than 2,000 candidates to analyze, about 1,300 of which are classified as “more likely planet.” The $600 million Kepler mission launched in March 2009, tasked with determining how common Earth-like planets are throughout the Milky Way. Kepler conducted its original planet hunt until May 2013, when the second of the telescope’s four orientation-maintaining reaction wheels failed. Now, the astronomers have to analyze the collected data. Kepler itself  is still studying the heavens after a correction of the method was applied.


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