The researchers also found that the 15 new planets
are remarkably similar to planets in our own system.
12 (ANI): A new planet
near the habitable zone around a bright cool star has been found.
This is an important breakthrough demonstrating the possible existence of a potential new planet
orbiting a star close to our own," Weiss said.
Of the new planets
, nearly 550 could be rocky like Earth, NASA said.
The project will form a crucial step in the quest to study small, rocky planets orbiting other stars and discover new planets
That these new planets
and solar systems look somewhat like our own, portends a great future when we have the James Webb Space Telescope in space to characterize the new worlds.
Four of those new planets
are in the habitable zones where it is not too hot or not cold.
The first award of $5mn is meant for conducting further research in discovering new planets
and the second worth $1mn is for promoting awareness about astronomy in Qatar and the region.
He said: "It's hard to find the words to describe how it feels to be a part of the project and discovering new planets
Summary: CAPE CANAVERAL: Nasa's Kepler space telescope has uncovered another 461 potential new planets
, most of .
The team actually found three new planets
orbiting the star 44 light years away, but only one of them is in the so-called Goldilocks Zone, the band around a sun where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist.
Nasa released the new data from its Kepler telescope on more than 1,000 possible new planets
outside our solar system - more than doubling the count of what astronomers call exoplanets.