NASA announced Monday  that its Kepler Space Telescope mission has  discovered 10 new rocky, Earth-like planets outside of our solar system which could support life.

Those 10 planets were orbiting suns at a similar distance to Earth's orbit around the sun. This distance is considered the "Goldilocks Zone" - not too close, not too far away from the sun, just right to support life.

Kepler also discovered 209 other planets, scientists announced Monday. NASA also said that Kepler could to discover 50 plants through its work during the last four years.

The Kepler telescope has detected nearly 50 planets in the Goldilocks Zone in four years of searching. The Kepler telescope only looked at a small part of the Milky Way galaxy. The telescope studied about 150,000 stars, while the Milky Way contains hundreds of billions of stars.

The Kepler telescope will soon make way for its successor. The Transisting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will observe the brightest 200,000 nearby stars for two years starting next year.

in a comment by Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb wrote in an email to the AP news agency. Loeb was not part of the Kepler research team "It implies that Earth-size planets in the habitable zone around sun-like stars are not rare," 

source: agencies

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