Amateur Astronomers Discover 15 Potentially Habitable Planets

Volunteers from the Planethunters website identified these planets from the data collected by the Kepler spacecraft. Among one of the confirmed planets, a Jupiter-sized planet named PH2 b (artist’s impression of the view from the moon around it is pictured here) was confirmed with 99.9 percent certainty and the others are at least 90 percent likely to be planets.

Discovering Jupiter-sized planets doesn’t get that much attention compared to discovering earth-sized planets, however, in our own solar system the moons around Jupiter have shown to be water-rich so imagining an exo-planet with Earth-sized moons covered in water might not be uncommon.

“These are planet candidates that slipped through the net, being missed by professional astronomers and rescued by volunteers in front of their web browsers. It’s remarkable to think that absolutely anyone can discover a planet.”

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