We know it's unlikely we're alone in the universe, however we were unable to verify that there is life beyond our planet, hence the importance of space missions and discoveries that open up a new possibility for something emerges that many They seek in the hope of knowing where we came from, and where we are headed as a species.
Last week, NASA anticipated that today they would make an important announcement that would give us a new perspective, as well as new research strands focused on finding life on other planets and knowing our origin. And so it has been, NASA is making history by announcing the existence of 1284 new planets outside our solar system, the largest amount ever announced in a single mission.
The odds of finding life in space increas.
Responsible for this has been made possible was scanning probe Kepler, yes, one that has given us such good news and the occasional scare, same ending its primary mission in 2012 and since 2014 is in an extended mission (K2 ) Dedicated to the research, exploration and discovery of exoplanets and supernovas.
The curious thing about this is that Kepler is not able to find planets alone, the method used is to look for a long period of time, pieces of the universe where there are a lot of stars, hoping that some of them Change its brightness, which means that something is happening (in transit) between the star and the telescope. After this comes the tricky part, since researchers must determine through other telescopes and methods, whether it is really a planet or simply was a false-positive created by other stars or bodies.
Thus today has been confirmed, with 99% accuracy, the existence of 1284 new planets, which will add to the current findings reaching the figure of 2325 planets confirmed outside our solar system, which also is reporting that There are 1327 other waiting lists, ie those with less than 99% security, so they will require additional research until they are discarded or added to the list.
Most of these new exoplanets have less than Neptune but above Earth, where only mass nine of them are in a habitable zone, ie, at a considerable distance from its star that allows a temperature not so cold or So warm, that offers the possibility of having water in liquid state.
NASA has advanced during the fall will provide new results in the investigation of exoplanets that are on the waiting list, this in order to have a defined list to start investigating further about its composition and surface, something that will help the next special telescope James Webb will offer a broader view of the atmospheres of these planets when operational in 2018.