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11 Alien Solar Systems and Counting

Author: Guest Writer/Friday, January 27, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Kepler is at it again.

The clever space telescope has now discovered 11 entirely new planetary systems circling alien suns. The total of confirmed planets now stands at 26 and counting.

According to NASA, the Kepler findings nearly double the number of identified worlds found outside our solar system. The alien worlds range from 1.5 times the size Earth to larger than Jupiter. All of the newly  discovered planets circle very close to their parent stars making it highly unlikely that any have habitable environments. Additional research should determine if rocky worlds like Earth circle somewhere around these new identified suns.

The Kepler engineers are also getting rather artistic in depicting the digital data gathered from these 11 new solar systems.

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Kepler Alien Solar Systems

(credit: NASA/UC Santa Cruz)

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