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NASA CONFIRMS 5,005 KNOWN PLANETS OUTSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

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NASA confirmed the existence of 65 new exoplanets this week. 

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This brings the total to 5,005 planets outside of our solar system. 30 years since the first discovery, the pace is only quickening.  

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With each new finding, we understand a little bit more about the unfathomably large universe we live in.

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There are a few different ways to detect an exoplanet. Astronomers found the majority using the Kepler Space Telescope, which was in service from 2009 to 2018. 

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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched in 2018 to continue the search. Images from the Hubble (1990-present) and Spitzer (2003-2020) Space Telescopes also contributed 

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The expectation for the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope is to not only lead to the discovery of more exoplanets but also tell us more about them.  

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