How Kepler Discovered Thousands Of Alien Worlds

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 5:06PM
NASA
Astronomy
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 5:06PM
How Kepler Discovered Thousands Of Alien Worlds

Could NASA's Kepler Space Telescope be one of the most important space exploration achievements in human history? It seems like a bold claim, but when you're done watching this 5 minute video from the folks at Deep Astronomy you might be less sceptical.

 

Kepler has almost single-handedly changed the way we look at our place in the Universe. Before Kepler launched it was easy for people to right off Earth and its inhabitants as a complete fluke, a galactic one in a million. A few years and more than 3,000 monumental discoveries later, we now know that our Universe is teeming with exoplanets that are remarkably similar to Earth. And to think that just two decades ago we didn't even know if there were even any planets beyond our solar system!

 

Kepler has truly been a marvel and with the European Space Agency nominating to get in on the planet hunting game, the next two decades will see our place in the universe gain even more perspective, and who knows, maybe we'll end up finding another home for humanity out there somewhere?

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