A team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has found 219 new exoplanets. NASA released a list of 219 exoplanets discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth. These planets can support water in liquid form on their surface as they orbit at a suitable distance from their host star. Presence of water in liquid form is one of the main conditions for any exoplanet to support life.
Kepler Space Telescope has discovered 4,034 exoplanets till date and out of these, NASA astronomers consider nearly 50 exoplanets that can support life. Out of 4,034 exoplanets discovered by different teams working with Kepler Telescope, 2,335 have been confirmed in follow-up observations or reviews conducted later. The current catalog of exoplanets released by NASA is comprehensive and it has been prepared during the first four years of data from the space telescope.