Nasa telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

Nasa said its planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are probably the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.

As the Kepler telescope finished its main mission, Nasa announced that it has seen a total of 49 planets in the Goldilocks zone for possible life.

And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy.

Kepler scientist Mario Perez said that means that "we are probably not alone" because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be.

Outside scientists agreed that this is a boost in the hope for life elsewhere.

Nasa said several of the 10 new potentially habitable planets circle stars similar in size to our sun.

It also announced 219 new planets.

- PA


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Latest: Family release statement after missing seven-year-old boy confirmed to have died in Barcelona attack

39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

Spanish police link three rental vans to Moroccan man sought after terror attacks

German writer released after arrest in Spain on Turkish warrant


Lifestyle

Remembering Joe Strummer's early visits to Ireland

Classical Review: Ensemble Marsyas

Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

In Vogue: Changing of the guard at iconic fashion magazine

More From The Irish Examiner