41 new exoplanets confirmed by Kepler space telescope

Illustration of the newly confirmed exoplanets (in green) along with additional unconfirmed planets in the same solar systems (in violet). Credit: Jason Steffen, Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics

The number of confirmed exoplanets found by the Kepler space telescope has increased again, by 41. The planets, which orbit 20 different stars, range in size from about the same size as Earth to more than seven times Earth’s radius.

The results come from two new studies of the Kepler data; the papers are still in the process of being peer-reviewed, but the new discoveries should increase significantly the number of confirmed exoplanets found by Kepler so far. Currently, that number stands at 77, with 2,321 additional candidates awaiting confirmation.

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