“Alien Worlds Buried in Kepler Data” –New Algorithm Yields 18 Earth-sized Exoplanets

 

Kepler Spacecraft

 

“Our new algorithm helps to draw a more realistic picture of the exoplanet population in space,” says Michael Hippke of Germany’s Sonneberg Observatory about 18 previously undetected planets buried in data from the Kepler Space Telescope, one of which orbits its red dwarf star within the habitable zone. “This method constitutes a significant step forward, especially in the search for Earth-like planets.”

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