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715 new planets discovered

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The Kepler space telescope has found as many as 715 planets in a huge new discovery.

Known as ‘Exoplanets’, the findings orbit another sun in a solar system hundreds of light years away.

According to reports, four of the planets orbit their stars in what is known a ‘habitable zone’ which means liquid water can be found on these planets.

Launched in 2009, the Kepler telescope has now found 961 plants on its travels. It’s primary aim is to find Earth-like planets within the galaxy.

Extensive papers on the subject have been produced by NASA and can be found at:

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/arXivValidationMultisII.pdf