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The Kepler planet-hunting mission continues to rake in results.

Over 700 new planets have been discovered, Kepler researchers announced yesterday. A large majority of the planets – about 95 percent – are the size of Neptune, which is four times larger than Earth.

Kepler has been searching for planets outside of our Solar System for several years now. This discovery brings the total number of confirmed exoplanets to 1,700. That’s amazing! And, there are still over 3,000 potential planets that have not yet been confirmed.

This infographic explains how scientists have detected exoplanets and the small portion of sky Kepler has focused its attention.
Explanation of new exoplanets found by Kepler Space Telescope.

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